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[in-ser-moun-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn sərˈmaʊn tə bəl/
incapable of being surmounted, passed over, or overcome; insuperable:
an insurmountable obstacle.
Origin of insurmountable
1690-1700; in-3 + surmountable
Related forms
insurmountability, insurmountableness, noun
insurmountably, adverb Unabridged
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  • People who have suffered an emotional trauma or a brain injury often find housecleaning an insurmountable task.
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British Dictionary definitions for insurmountable


incapable of being overcome; insuperable
Derived Forms
insurmountability, insurmountableness, noun
insurmountably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insurmountable

1690s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + surmountable (see surmount). Related: Insurmountably.

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