im·​mov·​able | \(ˌ)i(m)-ˈmü-və-bəl \

Definition of immovable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : steadfast, unyielding

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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Other Words from immovable


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

Examples of immovable in a Sentence


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

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Under the House tax plan, immovable property would also continue to be exempt from sales taxes. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana Senate approves $540 million tax package," 3 June 2018 But because the soccer powers had already built around their immovable stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, their arsenals were already full. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Breakout Star: Kylian Mbappé," 1 July 2018 This can get confusing for white boys, bless their hearts: when everyone else treats your hurt feelings as immovable facts that have to be managed by those around you, some confusion is understandable. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 There is a certain immovable Mount Rushmoreness about him. New York Times, "Josh Brolin Fears the Summer of Josh Brolin," 20 June 2018 Photo: wsj How to Die By Seneca; edited and translated by James S. Romm Princeton, 230 pages, $26.95 The fear of death was the most immovable of the impediments to cosmic alignment. Brendan Boyle, WSJ, "‘How to Die’ Review: Finish With a Flourish," 26 Apr. 2018 To a certain extent, this is true: No amount of prep work by the U.S. will make much difference if the North Koreans are immovable on the matter of denuclearization. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Plan to Wing It at North Korea Summit Is Already Showing Cracks," 8 June 2018 This combination is a bit of a head-scratcher, change-seeking Uranus in the sign of the immovable Bull, and no doubt this transition will bring with it earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in both nature and our personal lives., "Your Horoscope This Week," 13 May 2018 Since the 1950-53 Korean War, when China fought on the side of the North against the United States and its ally in the South, the alliances have been immovable. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks," 22 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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