insurmountable


insurmountable
adj.
VERBS
appear, be, prove, seem

The age barrier appeared insurmountable.

become
ADVERB
almost, nearly, virtually
apparently, seemingly

They were now faced with seemingly insurmountable technical problems.

Insurmountable is used with these nouns: ↑barrier, ↑difficulty, ↑obstacle, ↑odds, ↑problem

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  • Insurmountable — In sur*mount a*ble, a. [Pref. in not + surmountable: cf. F. insurmountable.] Incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome; insuperable; as, insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. Locke. [1913 Webster] Hope thinks nothing difficult;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insurmountable — I adjective beyond one s power, beyond one s reach, beyond the bounds of possibility, formidable, hardly possible, impassable, impenetrable, impossible, impracticable, impregnable, inaccessible, incapable of being done, incapable of being… …   Law dictionary

  • insurmountable — (adj.) 1690s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + surmountable (see SURMOUNT (Cf. surmount)). Related: Insurmountably …   Etymology dictionary

  • insurmountable — [adj] impossible forget it, hopeless, impassable, impregnable, inaccessible, indomitable, ineluctable, insuperable, invincible, not a prayer*, no way*, no win*, overwhelm ing, unbeatable, unconquerable, unmasterable; concepts 552,565 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • insurmountable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ too great to be overcome. DERIVATIVES insurmountably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • insurmountable — [in΄sər mount′ə bəl] adj. not surmountable; that cannot be passed over or overcome; insuperable insurmountability n. insurmountably adv …   English World dictionary

  • insurmountable — in|sur|mount|a|ble [ˌınsəˈmauntəbəl US sər ] adj formal an insurmountable difficulty or problem is too large or difficult to deal with ▪ The language difference proved an insurmountable barrier …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • insurmountable — [[t]ɪ̱nsə(r)ma͟ʊntəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ A problem that is insurmountable is so great that it cannot be dealt with successfully. Philadelphia s fiscal crisis doesn t seem like an insurmountable problem. Syn: insuperable …   English dictionary

  • insurmountable — adjective a difficulty or problem that is insurmountable is too large or too difficult to deal with: The language barrier proved an insurmountable barrier to their relationship …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • insurmountable — adjective Date: 1690 incapable of being surmounted ; insuperable < insurmountable problems > • insurmountably adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary