immovable

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adjective

im·​mov·​able (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmü-və-bəl How to pronounce immovable (audio)
1
: incapable of being moved
broadly : not moving or not intended to be moved
2
b
: not capable of being moved emotionally
immovableness noun
immovably adverb

immovable

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noun

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

Example Sentences

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
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Adjective
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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of immovable was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Immovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immovable. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

immovable

adjective
im·​mov·​able
(ˈ)im-ˈ(m)ü-və-bəl
1
a
: not able to be moved
b
: not moving : stationary
2
immovability
(ˌ)im-ˌ(m)ü-və-ˈbil-ət-ē
noun
immovably
(ˈ)im-ˈ(m)ü-və-blē
adverb

Legal Definition

immovable

1 of 2 adjective
im·​mov·​able im-ˈmü-və-bəl How to pronounce immovable (audio)
: incapable of being moved see also immovable property at property

immovable

2 of 2 noun
: 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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