in·​sur·​mount·​able | \ˌin(t)-sər-ˈmau̇n-tə-bəl \

Definition of insurmountable 

: incapable of being surmounted : insuperable insurmountable problems

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insurmountably \ˌin(t)-​sər-​ˈmau̇n-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of insurmountable in a Sentence

They were faced with several insurmountable obstacles. the familiar story of the underdog who ultimately triumphs despite insurmountable odds

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Being treated with dignity and humanity, the power of that is insurmountable. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.," 29 Nov. 2018 For black men and women, the hurdles linked to seeking out a therapist or a counselor can seem insurmountable. Vanessa Willhoughby, Allure, "The Reality of Navigating the Mental Health System as a Black Woman," 13 Oct. 2018 The odds against these kids seemed truly insurmountable. Will Bunch,, "The world shows its love to kids in a Thai cave. We need that same love for kids at the border | Will Bunch," 8 July 2018 The moment is quick and awkward, and soon, all their differences—in their gender, their communication skills, their views on love and sexuality—seem insurmountable. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "On Chesil Beach: A Period Drama With a Surprising—and Subtle—#MeToo Twist," 18 May 2018 Their dearth of technology workers put them at an insurmountable disadvantage. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Big Cities’ Success Reflects Deepening Urban-Rural Divide," 14 Nov. 2018 Will Matt forsake his moral code never to kill someone in order to take out what may be an otherwise insurmountable threat? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil," 12 Nov. 2018 In 2016, the vast majority of the party’s superdelegates backed Hillary Clinton, helping her boost an insurmountable delegate lead ahead of the 2016 national convention. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "DNC Votes to Bar Superdelegates From Convention’s First Presidential Ballot," 25 Aug. 2018 The insurmountable task of deconstructing this soup, researchers note, is akin to unlocking every intricacy and benefit of breast milk. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insurmountable was in 1690

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English Language Learners Definition of insurmountable

of a problem, difficulty, etc. : impossible to solve or get control of : impossible to overcome

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