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inviolable

adjective in·vi·o·la·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈvī-ə-lə-bəl\

: too important to be ignored or treated with disrespect

Full Definition of INVIOLABLE

1
:  secure from violation or profanation <an inviolable law>
2
:  secure from assault or trespass :  unassailable <inviolable borders>
in·vi·o·la·bil·i·ty \-ˌvī-ə-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·vi·o·la·ble·ness \-ˈvī-ə-lə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·vi·o·la·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INVIOLABLE

  1. <a person with inviolable moral standards>
  2. <an inviolable trust between lawyer and client>

Origin of INVIOLABLE

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin inviolabilis, from in- + violare to violate
First Known Use: 15th century

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