American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impossible to overcome; insurmountable: insuperable odds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not superable; incapable of being passed over, overcome, or surmounted.
- Synonyms Insurmountable, impassable, unconquerable, invincible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Incapable of being passed over or surmounted; insurmountable.
- adj. incapable of being surmounted or excelled
- adj. impossible to surmount
- From Latin insuperabilis (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnsuperābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + superābilis, superable; see superable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He recalled the insuperable aversion the old man had ever entertained to approach of even make mention of the spot, and greatly did he blame himself for having persisted in offering a violence to his nature, the extent of which had been made so fearfully obvious.”
“Do you happen to think of any more 'insuperable' obstacles, my dear sir? ”
“But we also know that unity can be and has been attained among men of the most disparate origins, that differences of race, of religion, of culture, of tradition, are no insuperable obstacle to the coming together of peoples.”
“I left the house, the horrid scene of the last night's contention, and walked on the beach of the sea, which I almost regarded as an insuperable barrier between me and my fellow-creatures; nay, a wish that such should prove the fact stole across me.”
“If persistence, talent, and dogged hard work in the face of nearly insuperable obstacles qualifies one for stardom, these students get billing above the title.”
“I would hope so, but Robert Bryce argues carbon capture has substantial — perhaps insuperable — economic obstacles to overcome.”
“This inability closes his mind to a great part of the debate, and so makes his atheist faith insuperable for as long as he himself chooses to accept it.”
“The statement confirmed something that many Mideast watchers have suspected for a long time: that the settlement impasse originated not with Netanyahu or Abbas, but with Obama -- who by insisting on an Israeli freeze has created a near-insuperable obstacle to the peace process he is trying to promote.”
“Sakai noted, sadly, that the B-29 Superfortress was simply “insuperable.””
“There is no insuperable Mason-Dixon line separating a wholly Muslim North from a wholly Christian South.”
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