Definition of insupportable in English:



  • 1Unable to be supported or justified.

    ‘he had arrived at a wholly insupportable conclusion’
    • ‘Moreover, its essentially political character may dilute the force of legal standards and merely serve to legitimize practices otherwise insupportable from an environmental viewpoint.’
    • ‘Even so, with such a wealth of experience and talent, to quibble over a little forgotten punctuation is insupportable!’
    • ‘But let's leave this increasingly insupportable series of generalizations, and return to the point.’
    • ‘Therefore, I think that within a university, people should not regard any academic speech as frightening and insupportable.’
    • ‘If I were the judge, I would not feel that the jury had reached an insupportable conclusion.’
    • ‘And every now and then, he writes these hysterical, factually insupportable, logically inconsistent screeds against some looming threat to civil liberties in the United States.’
    • ‘The arguments for restrictions on sales of ugly fruit are so ‘rotten’ that they are logically insupportable.’
    • ‘The Pope has asked Catholics to conclude that capital punishment is insupportable.’
    • ‘Such myths and misrepresentations explain, justify and resolve insupportable contradictions and problems in society.’
    • ‘Although two nineteenth-century authorities suggest that cheques may also be drawn on an interest-bearing account, this view is insupportable in modern law.’
    • ‘So, I then ask myself whether the justices have reached insupportable conclusions of fact.’
    • ‘The Israeli army doesn't even make this insupportable claim.’
    • ‘The claims of his father's other heirs that he is entitled to the nominal amount as was at the time of his mother's death is insupportable.’
    • ‘I went through some of the other instances where he made declarations that appeared insupportable.’
    • ‘Here we have a simple tale of him leaping to conclusions, making unsupported and insupportable inferences, and being treated as a hero for it.’
    • ‘My first move has to be, obviously, an admission that he is absolutely right to say that my claim ‘this did not happen’ is insupportable.’
    • ‘There is no evidence to suggest that her exercise of her discretion to seek admission of the statement was based on insupportable grounds.’
    • ‘The assumption that everyone wants to see a doctor when they are ill is insupportable, and evidence is accumulating that they welcome the opportunity to consult a nurse.’
    • ‘Too many liberals, who approved the words, found the actions insupportable.’
    • ‘By positing insupportable images of the divine, they invite us to judgment.’
    unjustifiable, without justification, indefensible, inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable, unwarrantable, unreasonable
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  • 2Unable to be endured; intolerable.

    ‘the heat was insupportable’
    • ‘Amid all the election-year hosannas to the federal budget surplus, there has been almost no discussion of the trade deficit, which would quickly become an insupportable burden if foreign investors began to flee the US market.’
    • ‘The growing debt burden became insupportable in the late 1970s, and economic growth had become negative by 1979.’
    • ‘The added demands brought about by the ageing population will place an insupportable burden on acute hospital services.’
    • ‘To be abandoned, especially when he was under attack in the British press for escaping the Blitz, was insupportable.’
    • ‘What is happening in the world that causes engaging, promising, talented young people to find life so insupportable that they can't continue without external support?’
    • ‘It should come as little surprise, then, that I found it nearly insupportable to share the lift with such a person, even for a few minutes.’
    • ‘These beeches do not appear to be harmed, although for most plants, losses of much less than 40 percent of their energy reserves would be insupportable.’
    • ‘That position is both morally insupportable and legally imprudent.’
    • ‘In The Brothers Karamazov, he has his Grand Inquisitor declaim: ‘Nothing has ever been more insupportable for a man and a human society than freedom’.’
    • ‘Tolstoy may have intended partial assent to the idea that, life being insupportable without some straining toward ‘transcendence,’ a belief in God is a psychological necessity.’
    • ‘No sooner does a government attempt to go beyond its political sphere than it exercises, even unintentionally, an insupportable tyranny.’
    • ‘Even if it were true, The Rapture is saying, the consequences are insupportable.’
    • ‘As Version 1.0 of the industrial economy loses its social mandate - as its cultural and environmental costs become insupportable - what shall we replace it with?’
    • ‘Now, you've got a point, that you have a war ideologue, which is insupportable.’
    • ‘The idea of selling part of the borough's heritage and permitting commercial activities where none existed before is opportunistic and insupportable.’
    • ‘It seemed like a wonderful strategy for offloading what promised to become an insupportable liability to pay public sector pensions.’
    • ‘If today life without the possibility of progress seems insupportable, it is worth asking how this state of affairs has come about.’
    • ‘The 2 minute egg is marginally under boiled, the silk shirt is not wearable because of a wrinkle, the chauffeur is insupportable because he's been eating garlic again, and the doorman is either too inattentive or overly familiar.’
    • ‘You have to slow down to a pace that is nearly insupportable without practice, and you have to project, because the audience needs to hear every word, being unable to use the skipping techniques of the sighted reader.’
    • ‘Indexing on the basis of a group of individual perspectives effectively shatters any attempt at establishing corporate consistency into a multitude of insupportable idiosyncrasies.’
    intolerable, insufferable, unbearable, unendurable, unacceptable, oppressive, overwhelming, overpowering, impossible, not to be borne, past bearing, too much to bear, more than one can stand, more than flesh and blood can stand
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Mid 16th century: from French, from in- ‘not’ + supportable (from supporter ‘to support’).