Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not endurable; intolerable: insupportable mental anguish.
  • adj. Lacking grounds or defense; unjustifiable: an insupportable claim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not supportable; incapable of being supported or borne; unendurable; insufferable; intolerable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incapable of being supported or borne; unendurable; insufferable; intolerable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not supportable; incapable of being supported or borne; insufferable; intolerable.
  • Irresistible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. incapable of being justified or explained

Etymologies

in- +‎ supportable (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • QUOTATION: To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported.

    Quotations

  • To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported.

    Familiar Quotations A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature

  • She called him "insupportable:" she railed at him for a "dévot:" she did not love, but she wanted to marry, that she might bind him to her interest.

    Villette

  • “It is my duty,” says Sir Charles Bell, “to visit certain wards of the hospital where there is no patient admitted but with that complaint which most fills the imagination with the idea of insupportable pain and certain death.

    Uncollected Prose

  • In the original divorce petition Bullock said the marriage had become "insupportable" due to "discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship".

    Musicrooms.net

  • "It is my duty," says Sir Charles Bell, "to visit certain wards of the hospital where there is no patient admitted but with that complaint which most fills the imagination with the idea of insupportable pain and certain death.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Nobody would start from here – an ill-designed single currency interacting with an insupportable burden of private debt created by oversized, undercapitalised banks.

    There is only one alternative to the euro's survival: catastrophe

  • This is insupportable in an economy of tight financial restraint.

    Backers of NHS shake-up turn against Andrew Lansley's plans

  • Instead the authors attempt to downplay the hazards of mercury, a highly potent neurotoxin itself linked to developmental disorders, and they make the preposterous, insupportable assertion that reducing any air pollution from power plants will "do nothing" to reduce health threats.

    EPA Is On to Something on Mercury

  • I like how the court thinks; I am increasingly of the opinion that the multifactor confusion test, though it has its weaknesses, is superior to the rigid and ultimately insupportable falsity/misleadingness distinction.

    Archive 2009-06-01

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