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[in-suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-] /ˌɪn səˈpɔr tə bəl, -ˈpoʊr-/
not endurable; unbearable; insufferable:
insupportable pain.
incapable of support or justification, as by evidence or collected facts:
an insupportable accusation.
Origin of insupportable
1520-30; < Late Latin insupportābilis. See in-3, supportable
Related forms
insupportableness, insupportability, noun
insupportably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insupportable
  • The sedentary habits of the desk and the loom render the exertions and hardships of war insupportable.
  • Amongst these, one had an ulcer which was horrible to the sight, and the noisomeness of the stench was yet more insupportable.
  • The economic and human costs of maintaining overseas political administrations and military garrisons had become insupportable.
  • But it was a boom whose social costs were politically insupportable.
  • If it was borrowed, all there will be to show for it is an insupportable debt to foreigners.
  • His eyes appeared closed, as if he were trying to blot out something insupportable.
  • As the pillar yields, the insupportable load is transferred to adjacent pillars.
  • Obviously, in either of these cases, proposals claiming those existing concentrations are entirely natural are insupportable.
  • No facts are offered in support of this claim because it is insupportable.
  • Viewed from any angle, this boils down to a claim that the district court made an insupportable credibility determination.
British Dictionary definitions for insupportable


incapable of being endured; intolerable; insufferable
incapable of being supported or justified; indefensible
Derived Forms
insupportableness, noun
insupportably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insupportable

1520s, from French insupportable (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insupportabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin supportare "to carry" (see support).

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