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

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If the appraisal comes in low or the buyer loses his job, the loan described in the contract will not be available — perhaps an unsolvable problem. Anet Tarpoff, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Think you are not quite ready to buy? Prepare yourself anyway," 3 July 2019 The mystery of the leader is the mystery of the unsolvable surplus. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Stormzy at Glastonbury: King Michael Wears His Crown," 2 July 2019 From the end of the 1990s to 2019, Kosovo has gone from the little country that could to the most unsolvable of Balkan problems. Una Hajdari, The New Republic, "The Clinton Administration Did Not Fix the Balkans," 21 June 2019 For the Mariners, just making the playoffs has been an unsolvable riddle. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Robinson Cano’s Suspension Wounds the Mariners, and His Hall of Fame Chances," 16 May 2018 Skill alone fully insulates no one, but skill plays a role in the nebulous, unsolvable equations of risk. Kelly Cordes, Outside Online, "Even Tommy Caldwell Questioned the Nose Speed Record," 13 June 2018 And Trump may find, like other American presidents before him, that the crisis on the Korean peninsula is as unsolvable as ever. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "How Trump and Kim made it to 'hello'," 9 June 2018 That way, a problem that seems unsolvable in one language can become more approachable in the other. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "“Grand Unified Theory of Math” Nets Abel Prize," 20 Mar. 2018 And sometimes, an unsolvable mystery is part of the fun! Christine Elgersma, CNN, "How to encourage your children's passion for learning," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unsolvable

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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