un·​solv·​able | \ ˌən-ˈsäl-və-bəl How to pronounce unsolvable (audio) , -ˈsȯl- \

Definition of unsolvable

: not able to be explained, answered for, or solved : not solvable unsolvable disputes an unsolvable mystery

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Other Words from unsolvable

unsolvably \ ˌən-​ˈsäl-​və-​blē How to pronounce unsolvably (audio) , -​ˈsȯl-​ \ adverb
an unsolvably difficult problem

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Recent Examples on the Web This unsolvable math problem for businesses has severe consequences. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Property taxes a problem without a solution for business owners," 26 June 2020 In the book, not long after the protagonist, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw, compiles a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, the FBI comes knocking on his door investigating a series of murders that are eerily similar. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift? 6 books to get dads and father figures," 20 June 2020 The plan, which took three years to draft, drew skepticism ahead of its reveal as many dubbed the conflict in the region virtually unsolvable. Fox News, "What sets Trump's Mideast peace plan apart from previous proposals? Experts weigh in," 31 Jan. 2020 This could lead to defeatism, because the problem is perceived as being out of control and unsolvable. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "We’re Debating Climate Predictions While Rome Burns," 10 Feb. 2020 By exploiting the properties of quantum weirdness, these computers could do gazillions of calculations simultaneously, enough to break currently unbreakable codes and to solve hitherto unsolvable mathematical puzzles. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Quantum Computing Is Coming, Bit by Qubit," 21 Oct. 2019 Scientists are now applying these methods to tackle questions in neuroscience, genetics, evolution and medicine that seemed unsolvable until now. Quanta Magazine, "To Decode the Brain, Scientists Automate the Study of Behavior," 10 Dec. 2019 The Board of Game has always struggled with the objective of providing enough moose to keep a demanding hunting public satisfied, and therein lies the unsolvable problem. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "When it comes to predator control, balancing biology and the desires of hunters is a tricky task," 14 Dec. 2019 The patriarch, Logan Roy (played with Shakespearean fearsomeness by Brian Cox) is tormented by an unsolvable crisis: None of Logan’s adult children strike him as worthy or ballsy enough to inherit control of the company. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Satire? Wallow? There’s no right way to watch ‘Succession’ — hating it works, too.," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unsolvable

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsolvable was circa 1775

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“Unsolvable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsolvable. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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