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insuperable Syllabification: in·su·per·a·ble
Pronunciation: /inˈso͞op(ə)rəb(ə)l/

Definition of insuperable in English:


(Of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome: insuperable financial problems
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  • This is the radical uncertainty that haunts contemporary Marxist theorists, the insuperable difficulty of impossible exchange.
  • Self-transcendence is overcoming insuperable obstacles in one's path.
  • But the more I think about it, the more it appears that there are no insuperable obstacles to such a development should it ever become democratically necessary.


Middle English (in the general sense 'invincible'): from Old French, or from Latin insuperabilis, from in- 'not' + superabilis (from superare 'overcome').



Pronunciation: /ˌinˌso͞op(ə)rəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • The next logical step is to say that, given the insuperability of the subjective viewpoint, we can describe no independent natural or divine life that human life efficiently serves.


Pronunciation: /inˈso͞op(ə)rəblē/
Example sentences
  • Cladding and glazing this complex shape was also something that would have been almost insuperably difficult before the arrival of the computer-generated special shape.

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