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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That’s not insurmountable for a UCSD offense averaging nearly nine runs a game. Kirk Kenney,, "Charmed UC San Diego rallies for 9-8 win over Cal Baptist in NCAA Division II West Regional," 19 May 2018 Her marital status and his role as head of the Church of England were insurmountable at the time. Washington Post, "Meghan Markle to join a small group of US senior royals," 4 Apr. 2018 In a fuming first encounter as ballgame rivals, their differences seem insurmountable, but fate intervenes to help them get to know each other — to look beyond what divides them to see the person underneath. Daryl H. Miller,, "A stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's 'The Chosen' reminds us to reach across divides," 9 Feb. 2018 After overcoming a 25-point deficit in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, a 10-point deficit hardly seemed insurmountable. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Jaguars put on clinic on how to blow lead to Patriots," 21 Jan. 2018 The surveys give Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 64, a pugnacious leftist nationalist making a third bid for the presidency, a seemingly insurmountable lead over three rivals. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about Mexico’s presidential election," 1 July 2018 About 40 minutes later, Mexico scored again to take what proved to be an insurmountable lead. Paloma Esquivel,, "Soccer fans gather across Los Angeles to watch Mexico vs. South Korea match," 23 June 2018 The winners of the last three Class S softball championships, the Crusaders scored five runs in the first inning to take an insurmountable lead en route to a 11-4 win. Shawn Mcfarland,, "High School Softball: Top Seed Stafford Walks Off Into Class S Finals," 7 June 2018 There are other factors that help explain Baker’s seemingly insurmountable fund-raising lead. Frank Phillips,, "There’s a bill that would rein in Charlie Baker’s fund-raising, but Democrats aren’t touching it," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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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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