insurmountable

adjective
in·​sur·​mount·​able | \ ˌin(t)-sər-ˈmau̇n-tə-bəl How to pronounce insurmountable (audio) \

Definition of insurmountable

: incapable of being surmounted : insuperable insurmountable problems

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Other Words from insurmountable

insurmountably \ ˌin(t)-​sər-​ˈmau̇n-​tə-​blē How to pronounce insurmountable (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Only about half of the population in the state is vaccinated, and reaching the rest has proven almost insurmountable, especially among young people. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, 5 June 2021 While Paul played through a persistent shoulder problem, injuries were insurmountable for Los Angeles, which had a 2-1 series lead on Phoenix when Davis injured his groin midway through Game 4 and subsequently missed Game 5. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 While Paul played through a persistent shoulder problem, injuries were insurmountable for Los Angeles, which had a 2-1 series lead on Phoenix when Davis injured his groin midway through Game 4 and subsequently missed Game 5. Greg Beacham, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 While Paul played through a persistent shoulder problem, injuries were insurmountable for Los Angeles, which had a 2-1 series lead on Phoenix when Davis injured his groin midway through Game 4 and subsequently missed Game 5. Greg Beacham, ajc, 4 June 2021 Andrea Schver, the owner of Venice Turismo, a travel agency based in São Paulo, said the ban had not been insurmountable for wealthy customers, who are increasingly willing to spend several thousand dollars to secure a shot. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Even with health insurance from her job, the medical bills, past due and seemingly insurmountable, kept coming. ProPublica, 9 May 2021 This gauntlet felt almost insurmountable for someone whose outside world has shrunk to the supermarket and the tennis court. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021 Growing up, there was no challenge too insurmountable for Evina on the basketball court. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Insurmountable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insurmountable. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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insurmountable

adjective

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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