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 insurmountably (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

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This kind of thing happens all the time in the place where every team’s existence is an upset, and no odds are insurmountable. SI.com, "​South Ossetia: How CONIFA European Football Cup Finalists Went From Violence to Victory," 8 June 2019 At best, the five-year timeline seems like kicking the can down the road, hoping that the technical problems seem less insurmountable in the future. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency has a trust problem," 18 June 2019 At first, the Holland Festival had hoped to stage all seven operas, but the logistical challenges proved insurmountable. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 People of all backgrounds enjoyed Sammartino, who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to fight for ideals such as perseverance, honesty, and professionalism. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Kofi Kingston Aims to Inspire People All Around the World as WWE Champion," 13 June 2019 That challenge to some appears insurmountable, and has led some researchers to instead pursue an authentication system that would fingerprint footage right as it’s captured. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 That challenge to some appears insurmountable, and has led some researchers to instead pursue an authentication system that would fingerprint footage right as it's captured. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 The result was a 53-28 halftime lead that proved insurmountable. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "WNBA: Size of Phoenix Mercury proves too much for Indiana Fever," 9 June 2019 Finding solutions that worked within those confines proved insurmountable. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado to pursue mandatory electric-vehicle standard after attempt to make it voluntary fails," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2019

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The first known use of insurmountable was in 1690

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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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