Definition of insuperable in English:

insuperable

adjective

  • (of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome.

    ‘insuperable financial problems’
    • ‘Self-transcendence is overcoming insuperable obstacles in one's path.’
    • ‘The flexibility result hints that lack of reform in Europe need not be an insuperable barrier to UK entry.’
    • ‘We should note that this method did not become an insuperable barrier.’
    • ‘The union had been given a final chance to prevail against what had seemed insuperable odds.’
    • ‘Such an approach, however, created insuperable difficulties.’
    • ‘This is the radical uncertainty that haunts contemporary Marxist theorists, the insuperable difficulty of impossible exchange.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are those steps up to the bank an insuperable obstacle?’
    • ‘The English inflicted heavy casualties against seemingly insuperable odds because they used longbows to attack the opposing cavalry.’
    • ‘We stand against insuperable odds, around one thousand to one.’
    • ‘Japanese fighting men did not surrender, even in the face of insuperable odds.’
    • ‘Care for and control of them cannot be seen as an insuperable barrier to peace.’
    • ‘If that is your proposition, that seems to me to present an insuperable hurdle in your way.’
    • ‘In practice, the political obstacles to metropolitan plans have been virtually insuperable for a generation and are likely to remain so.’
    • ‘The Chilean experience shows that this obstacle, though daunting, is not insuperable.’
    • ‘But you seem not to have had any insuperable difficulty in locating the Barclay companies.’
    • ‘On the other hand, to allow the majority to create a rule against the wishes of the minority would lead to insuperable difficulties.’
    • ‘It is the strong bond between the two parties that forms an almost insuperable barrier to entry and shuts out potential competitors.’
    • ‘We hope our series will help people understand the depth of courage and determination needed to triumph against such insuperable odds.’
    insurmountable, unconquerable, invincible, unassailable
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Origin

Middle English (in the general sense ‘invincible’): from Old French, or from Latin insuperabilis, from in- ‘not’ + superabilis (from superare ‘overcome’).

Pronunciation

insuperable

/ɪnˈsuːp(ə)rəb(ə)l/