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

Examples of unsolvable in a Sentence

an apparently unsolvable problem
Recent Examples on the Web That would include all the problems complexity theorists have traditionally studied, even those known to be unsolvable in the real world. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 3 June 2024 Stephen Sondheim has proven to be one of the most unsolvable of the greatest composers in musical theater history. David John Chávez, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 Turning them into runs, however, proved yet again to be an unsolvable challenge. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2024 What previously seemed like unsolvable problems and workloads, are now being solved and executed via machine learning at an ever-accelerating pace. Dave Altavilla, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 So many things in life are kind of unsolvable and therefore, at a certain point, incredibly tiresome. David Marchese Photo Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 True crime is a genre that often lives in the black-and-white, but Burden of Proof exists largely in the grey, as a compelling and poignant portrait of the unsolvable mystery of grief. James Mercadante and Lindsay Martell, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2023 Only the national collective rage against the political establishment, the overwhelming weariness owing to the country’s apparently unsolvable economic problems, can explain Milei’s popularity. Graciela Mochkofsky, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2023 Central America is a great example of this — especially as the United States is facing down this constant, seemingly unsolvable immigration problem. Los Angeles Times En Español, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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