unsolvable

adjective

un·​solv·​able ˌən-ˈsäl-və-bəl How to pronounce unsolvable (audio)
-ˈsȯl-
: not able to be explained, answered for, or solved : not solvable
unsolvable disputes
an unsolvable mystery
unsolvably adverb
an unsolvably difficult problem

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another study measured whether participants lied about solving an unsolvable puzzle. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 20 Oct. 2022 The immigration problem has run in the background of U.S. politics for years as an unsolvable, second-tier issue. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2022 Alvarez is almost an unsolvable problem at the plate. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 5 Nov. 2022 Quantum will unlock exponential computational power to solve classically unsolvable problems. Christopher Savoie, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton star as a trio of real life heroes charged with finding a solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 The snake problem in Florida is not going away anytime soon and, sadly, could be unsolvable. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2022 It’s been said that companies today are taking on unsolvable problems and solving them, while government is staring at solvable problems and doing nothing. Alan Murray, Fortune, 10 May 2022 An undermanned defensive front is a problem for the UAB football program but not unsolvable with experienced pass rushers expected to step into more than contributing roles this season. Evan Dudley, al, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 6 Dec. 2022.

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