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

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 That 3, which came right after former UConn guard Crystal Dangerfield hit an open 3 from the corner, sparked a 16-0 fourth-quarter run that saw the Sun take an insurmountable 80-57 lead with 1:40 to go. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 19 July 2022 But what once looked like an insurmountable lead for Lake could end in a more competitive finish. CBS News, 18 July 2022 Meanwhile, first-time candidate Nate Blouin declared victory over longtime Sen. Gene Davis after running up a seemingly insurmountable lead in the Democratic chase for Senate District 13. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 June 2022 Josh Jensen channeled an amateur’s passion for wine into overcoming a seemingly insurmountable hurdle: making Pinot Noir wine in California. Bob Tita, WSJ, 24 June 2022 The law’s critics in the gun-rights movement argued that the statute’s vague language, which leaves enforcement to local sheriffs’ offices, is often used to deny legitimate applications on spurious or insurmountable grounds. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 25 May 2022 Males have large and insurmountable physical advantages over females. Christiana Holcomb, National Review, 3 June 2021 In one of my darkest hours, God gave me a hope that seemed both glorious and insurmountable. Yvonne Orji, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 May 2021 The sculpture’s material allusions to carpet, insulation and turf suddenly seem a fusion of prayer rugs, home and the landscape underfoot, out of which a daunting but not insurmountable obstacle rises. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Insurmountable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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