Insurmountable

  • 1 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 insurmountable — I adjective beyond one s power, beyond one s reach, beyond the bounds of possibility, formidable, hardly possible, impassable, impenetrable, impossible, impracticable, impregnable, inaccessible, incapable of being done, incapable of being… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 insurmountable — (adj.) 1690s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + surmountable (see SURMOUNT (Cf. surmount)). Related: Insurmountably …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 insurmountable — [adj] impossible forget it, hopeless, impassable, impregnable, inaccessible, indomitable, ineluctable, insuperable, invincible, not a prayer*, no way*, no win*, overwhelm ing, unbeatable, unconquerable, unmasterable; concepts 552,565 Ant.… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 insurmountable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ too great to be overcome. DERIVATIVES insurmountably adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 insurmountable — [in΄sər mount′ə bəl] adj. not surmountable; that cannot be passed over or overcome; insuperable insurmountability n. insurmountably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 insurmountable — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, prove, seem ▪ The age barrier appeared insurmountable. ▪ become ADVERB ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 insurmountable — in|sur|mount|a|ble [ˌınsəˈmauntəbəl US sər ] adj formal an insurmountable difficulty or problem is too large or difficult to deal with ▪ The language difference proved an insurmountable barrier …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 insurmountable — [[t]ɪ̱nsə(r)ma͟ʊntəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ A problem that is insurmountable is so great that it cannot be dealt with successfully. Philadelphia s fiscal crisis doesn t seem like an insurmountable problem. Syn: insuperable …

    English dictionary

  • 10 insurmountable — adjective a difficulty or problem that is insurmountable is too large or too difficult to deal with: The language barrier proved an insurmountable barrier to their relationship …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 insurmountable — adjective Date: 1690 incapable of being surmounted ; insuperable < insurmountable problems > • insurmountably adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 insurmountable — insurmountability, insurmountableness, n. insurmountably, adv. /in seuhr mown teuh beuhl/, adj. incapable of being surmounted, passed over, or overcome; insuperable: an insurmountable obstacle. [1690 1700; IN 3 + SURMOUNTABLE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 13 insurmountable — adjective Incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome; insuperable; as, insurmountable difficulty or obstacle …

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  • 14 insurmountable — in|sur|mount|a|ble [ ,ınsər mauntəbl ] adjective FORMAL impossible to deal with successfully: an insurmountable problem/difficulty/obstacle …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 insurmountable — adjective I refuse to believe that any of the problems mentioned here today are insurmountable Syn: insuperable, unconquerable, invincible, unassailable; overwhelming, hopeless, impossible …

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  • 16 insurmountable — UK [ˌɪnsə(r)ˈmaʊntəb(ə)l] / US [ˌɪnsərˈmaʊntəb(ə)l] adjective formal impossible to deal with successfully an insurmountable problem/difficulty/obstacle …

    English dictionary

  • 17 insurmountable — /ɪnsəˈmaʊntəbəl / (say insuh mowntuhbuhl) adjective incapable of being surmounted, passed over, or overcome: an insurmountable obstacle. –insurmountably, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 insurmountable — Synonyms and related words: beyond one, impassable, impracticable, impractical, indomitable, inoperable, insuperable, invincible, too much for, unachievable, unattainable, uncompassable, unconquerable, undoable, uneffectible, unnegotiable,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 insurmountable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. insuperable. See impossibility. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. insuperable, unconquerable, unbeatable; see impossible 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. insuperable, unconquerable, invincible,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 insurmountable — in·sur·mount·a·ble || ‚ɪnsÉ™(r) maÊŠntÉ™bl adj. cannot be passed over, cannot be overcome, unconquerable …

    English contemporary dictionary