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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Every lane change was merely a lane change, not an insurmountable obstacle, merely a change of position., "Fear and Driving in Los Angeles: The Trip That Changed My Life," 27 June 2020 Put on your power suit and join Kellee Edwards, Patrice Banks, and Claressa Shields for a conversation on how Black women continue to overcome insurmountable odds in non-traditional professional fields. Shamika Sanders, Essence, "Everything You Need To Know About ESSENCE's 2020 Wealth and Power Experience," 26 June 2020 But the plot requires that the insurmountable be mounted, of course. Leah Greenblatt,, "Netflix's star-studded Eurovision movie is goofy to a fault: Review," 24 June 2020 The challenges of rehearsing, producing and attending opera in large theaters in the era of Covid-19 seemed insurmountable, especially since phase 4 of reopening—which allows for large group gatherings—appears distant in these cities. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Opera’s At-Home Experiments," 23 June 2020 Sadly, international students are facing potentially insurmountable hurdles returning to campuses or coming for the first time. Diana Jones, NBC News, "8 considerations for graduating high school seniors rethinking their plans due to COVID-19," 12 June 2020 There were many beautiful things about growing up in the Middle East, but the culture puts an insurmountable pressure on women to look and act impeccably. May Calamawy, Glamour, "Sharing My Alopecia Helped Me Set New Expectations for Myself," 11 June 2020 Part of the story of 2016 is how Trump vanquished once-rising stars like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz by winning primaries, securing an insurmountable delegate lead, and energizing his own wing of the party. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Is a Good Moment to Hear Joe Biden’s Thoughts on Attorneys General," 5 June 2020 The barriers to creating ethical Covid-19 vaccine challenge studies are not insurmountable. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Insurmountable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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