ir·​re·​solv·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈzäl-və-bəl How to pronounce irresolvable (audio) , -ˈzȯl-\

Definition of irresolvable

: incapable of being resolved an irresolvable conflict also : not analyzable

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At some level, this double standard reflects a difficult and possibly irresolvable paradox of campaign coverage. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Doing Same Thing He Demanded Clinton Be Locked Up For," 22 May 2018 At the heart of the Cold War was an irresolvable superpower disagreement over what to do with Germany. Timothy Naftali, New York Times, "Why American Pragmatists Saved Postwar Europe," 13 Apr. 2018 This appearance of irresolvable conflict was neither wholly accurate nor accidental. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "What About Clarence Thomas?," 20 Dec. 2017 In the end, the irresolvable dilemma is North Korea’s, not the West’s. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Nukes Won’t Save North Korea," 1 Aug. 2017 But scrutinizing Green’s story from a medical perspective reveals an irresolvable conflict between the accounts that have been widely disseminated and the realities of medicine and toxicologic possibility. Jeremy Samuel Faust, Slate Magazine, "The Viral Story About the Cop Who Overdosed by Touching Fentanyl Is Nonsense," 28 June 2017 The images vibrate, not only with color and shape, but with the irresolvable nature of their impossible spaces. Sharon Mizota,, "Farah Atassi paintings: Part Picasso and pure catnip for fans of midcentury design," 8 Aug. 2017 These poems don’t offer a solution but do further clarify a tragically irresolvable difficulty. Jill Mcdonough, New York Times, "My Sister Wants to Buy My Dad a Drone for Father’s Day," 21 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of irresolvable

1660, in the meaning defined above

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