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Syllabification: in·ure
Pronunciation: /əˈn(y)o͝or
(also enure)

Definition of inure in English:


1 [with object] (usually be inured to) Accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant: these children have been inured to violence
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  • Naturally, Critser found all this perturbing but, like most people, he was inured to the daily diet of doom and gloom fed to him by the press - all the more so since he belongs to its massed ranks himself.
  • We are perhaps inured to some of its excesses, but I don't think any Scot does not find it reprehensible.
  • After seven years in the firing line with Rangers and three-and-a-half years prising out body pellets at Goodison Park, Smith is inured to criticism.
harden, toughen, season, temper, condition;
accustom, habituate, familiarize, acclimatize, adjust, adapt, desensitize
2 [no object] (inure for/to) Law Come into operation; take effect: a release given to one of two joint contractors inures to the benefit of both
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  • Private property is in essence a cluster of rights inuring to the benefit of the owner, freely exchangeable in accordance with the terms of private agreements, and recognized and protected by common consent.
  • It inures to the benefit of the victim and the victim's family.
  • The higher charge didn't inure to the benefit of the defendants in that case.


late Middle English inure, enure, from an Anglo-Norman French phrase meaning 'in use or practice', from en 'in' + Old French euvre 'work' (from Latin opera).



Example sentences
  • The basic prohibition against inurement is found in the Code and is further refined in related regulations.
  • Any amount of inurement, no matter how small, can jeopardize an organization's tax-exempt status.
  • The IJA is a charitable organization and private benefits and inurements are prohibited by law.

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