im·​mov·​able | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmü-və-bəl How to pronounce immovable (audio) \

Definition of immovable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : incapable of being moved broadly : not moving or not intended to be moved
b : not capable of being moved emotionally



Definition of immovable (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that cannot be moved
2 immovables plural : real property as opposed to movable property

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immovability \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce immovable (audio) \ noun
immovableness \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce immovable (audio) \ noun
immovably \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce immovable (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for immovable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of immovable in a Sentence

Adjective that boulder is immovable, even with a bulldozer despite tears and pleading, the police officer was immovable on the matter of a hefty fine for speeding
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In these early episodes, the placid grin on Sudeikis’s face is immovable, as if it has been painted on. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Despite his short stature of 5 feet 9, he was equipped with powerful thighs (in excess of 25 inches in circumference) and was an immovable object in close quarters to the opposing goalie, firing in short-range goals aplenty., 15 Aug. 2021 Gymnastic injuries can be catastrophic, bodies hurtling themselves toward immovable, inanimate objects or sailing to the ground from similarly unforgiving apparatus., 27 July 2021 All these attitudes collide like an unstoppable force meeting immovable objects. Christian Holub,, 13 Nov. 2020 Like the Berlin Wall, Castro’s Cuba became a political monolith, a lump of seemingly immovable repression. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 21 July 2021 But a more accurate understanding recognizes that any party's voters are not an immovable block forever stuck in their unchanging ideas and opinions; rather, voters often change their minds or shift their opinions as their parties shift positions. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 26 May 2021 Certain crystals with immovable defects have been shown to be mathematically similar to fractons. Thomas Lewton, Wired, 1 Aug. 2021 Certain crystals with immovable defects have been shown to be mathematically similar to fractons. Quanta Magazine, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of immovable


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Immovable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immovable

: not able to be moved : firmly fixed in place
: not able to be changed or persuaded


im·​mov·​able | \ i-ˈmü-və-bəl How to pronounce immovable (audio) \

Kids Definition of immovable

1 : impossible to move : firmly fixed in place
2 : not able to be changed or persuaded He is immovable in his beliefs.


im·​mov·​able | \ im-ˈmü-və-bəl How to pronounce immovable (audio) \

Legal Definition of immovable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: incapable of being moved — see also immovable property at property



Legal Definition of immovable (Entry 2 of 2)

: an item of immovable property (as land, standing timber, or a building) a manufactured home placed upon a lot or tract of land shall be an immovableLouisiana Revised Statutes also : an interest or right (as a servitude) in an item of immovable property a predial servitude is an incorporeal immovable Louisiana Civil Code often used in pl. — compare movable

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