Insurmountable In`sur*mount"a*ble, a. [Pref. in- not + surmountable: cf. F. insurmountable.] Incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome; insuperable; as, insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Hope thinks nothing difficult; despair tells us that difficulty is insurmountable. --I. Watts.

Syn: Insuperable; impassable; invincible. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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