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insurmountable (adj) (of a problem/difficulty) very difficult to deal with.

An insurmountable problem cannot be dealt with easily and successfully, An insurmountable difficulty is too much of a difficulty. Conquering Mt Everest is an insurmountable problem. That is, it is very difficult to conquer it and is risky. Anything insurmountable is insuperable. Illiteracy and ignorance are the insurmountable barriers for the progress of any country; that is, it is very difficulty to achieve progress if a country has a large number of illiterate or ignorant people.

  • The insurmountable obstacle for world peace is the lack of trust among the nations of the world, and their piling of nuclear weapons.
  • Economic backwardness is an insurmountable barrier for achieving a world free from diseases.
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