Definition of inviolable in English:

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inviolable

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvʌɪələb(ə)l/

adjective

Never to be broken, infringed, or dishonoured: an inviolable rule of chastity the Polish-German border was inviolable
More example sentences
  • The property which every man has in his own labour, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable.
  • These sacred entities seem inviolable and non-negotiable and as long as they dominate, final resolution of our problems may escape us.
  • The one would be amenable to personal punishment and disgrace; the person of the other is sacred and inviolable.
Synonyms
inalienable, absolute, untouchable, unalterable, unchallengeable, unbreakable, impregnable;
sacrosanct, sacred, holy, hallowed
rare intemerate

Derivatives

inviolability

Pronunciation: /ɪnvʌɪələˈbɪlɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • We are all shocked at what seems like the rising tide of almost casual violence in our city and the growing contempt for the inviolability of human life.
  • Too bad that Frau Limbach only dedicates two small paragraphs to the women's question, although it is precisely this domain that raises the question of the inviolability of human dignity.
  • Pondering on how this was possible, Abrahams asks, ‘Where did he get this sense of the inviolability of his own person, of his own mind?’

inviolably

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvʌɪələbli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Therefore, the religious liberty of the individual must be inviolably respected, by the state and by others, whether or not it meets the standards to which others pledge their fealty.
  • Every state was to abide by the determination of Congress on questions delegated to Congress by the Articles, and the Articles were to be inviolably observed by every state.
  • She came to feel trapped in solitude, surrounded by uncaring multitudes who wrapped themselves inviolably in their own misery.

Origin

Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin inviolabilis, from in- 'not' + violabilis 'able to be violated' (from the verb violare).

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