Definition of inviolable in English:

inviolable

Line breaks: in|viol|able
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

inviolability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More 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

adverb
More 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.

Definition of inviolable in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anomalous
Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected