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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insoluble mean? 

INSOLUBLE (adjective)
  The adjective INSOLUBLE has 3 senses:

1. (of a substance) incapable of being dissolved
2. admitting of no solution or explanation
3. without hope of solution

  Familiarity information: INSOLUBLE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSOLUBLE (adjective)

Sense 1insoluble [BACK TO TOP]


(of a substance) incapable of being dissolved


indissoluble; insoluble


non-water-soluble; water-insoluble (not soluble in water)


soluble ((of a substance) capable of being dissolved in some solvent (usually water))

Sense 2insoluble [BACK TO TOP]


Admitting of no solution or explanation

Context example:

an insoluble doubt


insolvable; unresolvable; unsoluble; unsolvable (not easily solved)


incomprehensible; inexplicable (incapable of being explained or accounted for)


soluble (susceptible of solution or of being solved or explained)

Sense 3insoluble [BACK TO TOP]


Without hope of solution

Context example:

an insoluble problem


hopeless (without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success)

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