Definition of insupportable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnsəˈpɔːtəb(ə)l/


1Unable to be supported or justified: he had arrived at a wholly insupportable conclusion
More example sentences
  • So, I then ask myself whether the justices have reached insupportable conclusions of fact.
  • If I were the judge, I would not feel that the jury had reached an insupportable conclusion.
  • Here we have a simple tale of him leaping to conclusions, making unsupported and insupportable inferences, and being treated as a hero for it.
unjustifiable, without justification, indefensible, inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable, unwarrantable, unreasonable;
groundless, unfounded, without foundation, foundationless, baseless, without basis, unsupported, unsubstantiated, unconfirmed, uncorroborated, invalid, untenable, implausible, weak, shaky, flawed, specious, defective
2Unable to be endured; intolerable: the heat was insupportable
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  • What is happening in the world that causes engaging, promising, talented young people to find life so insupportable that they can't continue without external support?
  • The idea of selling part of the borough's heritage and permitting commercial activities where none existed before is opportunistic and insupportable.
  • If today life without the possibility of progress seems insupportable, it is worth asking how this state of affairs has come about.
intolerable, insufferable, unbearable, unendurable, unacceptable, oppressive, overwhelming, overpowering, impossible, not to be borne, past bearing, too much to bear, more than one can stand, more than flesh and blood can stand;
unspeakable, dreadful, excruciating
informal too much



Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsəˈpɔːtəbli/
Example sentences
  • While the appellants' experience will in that event have been insupportably painful they will have endured the consequence of adjudication through due processes in accordance with what is compendiously termed the rule of law.
  • The insupportably low numbers earned by the Enquirer make sense when you compare them with those garnered by People magazine.


Mid 16th century: from French, from in- 'not' + supportable (from supporter 'to support').

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