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[ir-i-zol-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈzɒl və bəl/
not resolvable; incapable of being resolved, analyzable, or solvable.
Origin of irresolvable
1650-60; ir-2 + resolvable
Related forms
irresolvability, irresolvableness, noun Unabridged
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  • It is the one quantity that is endowed with a magnitude which is both inconceivable and irresolvable.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • irresolvable, ir-re-zolv′-a-bl, adj. that cannot be resolved.

  • The perplexing thing about life is the irresolvable complexity of reality, of things and relations alike.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • The nebulae of his spirit are resolved or shown to be irresolvable.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • For the twentieth time, this irresolvable problem troubled him.

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Are these truths ultimate and irresolvable facts, or are their complexities and perplexities the mere expressions of a higher law?

  • In sex are we always to be faced with an irresolvable tangle of disharmonies?

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for irresolvable


not able to be resolved into parts or elements
not able to be solved; insoluble
Derived Forms
irresolvability, irresolvableness, noun
irresolvably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irresolvable

1650s, from ir- + resolvable. Related: Irresolvably.

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