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(of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome:‘insuperable financial problems’
insurmountable, unconquerable, invincible, unassailableoverwhelming, hopeless, impossibleView synonyms
- ‘It is the strong bond between the two parties that forms an almost insuperable barrier to entry and shuts out potential competitors.’
- ‘The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests.’
- ‘Japanese fighting men did not surrender, even in the face of insuperable odds.’
- ‘We hope our series will help people understand the depth of courage and determination needed to triumph against such insuperable odds.’
- ‘On the other hand, to allow the majority to create a rule against the wishes of the minority would lead to insuperable difficulties.’
- ‘The Chilean experience shows that this obstacle, though daunting, is not insuperable.’
- ‘In practice, the political obstacles to metropolitan plans have been virtually insuperable for a generation and are likely to remain so.’
- ‘The English inflicted heavy casualties against seemingly insuperable odds because they used longbows to attack the opposing cavalry.’
- ‘Care for and control of them cannot be seen as an insuperable barrier to peace.’
- ‘But the more I think about it, the more it appears that there are no insuperable obstacles to such a development should it ever become democratically necessary.’
- ‘If that is your proposition, that seems to me to present an insuperable hurdle in your way.’
- ‘The flexibility result hints that lack of reform in Europe need not be an insuperable barrier to UK entry.’
- ‘But you seem not to have had any insuperable difficulty in locating the Barclay companies.’
- ‘Are those steps up to the bank an insuperable obstacle?’
- ‘The union had been given a final chance to prevail against what had seemed insuperable odds.’
- ‘We stand against insuperable odds, around one thousand to one.’
- ‘This is the radical uncertainty that haunts contemporary Marxist theorists, the insuperable difficulty of impossible exchange.’
- ‘We should note that this method did not become an insuperable barrier.’
- ‘Self-transcendence is overcoming insuperable obstacles in one's path.’
- ‘Such an approach, however, created insuperable difficulties.’
Middle English (in the general sense ‘invincible’): from Old French, or from Latin insuperabilis, from in- not + superabilis (from superare overcome).
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