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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Other Words from immovable


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for immovable

Synonyms: Adjective

immobile, immotile, irremovable, nonmotile, nonmoving, unbudging, unmovable

Antonyms: Adjective

mobile, motile, movable (or moveable), moving

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Overall, the Blazers allowed a paltry 1.2 yards per carry on rushing attempts and were an unstoppable force against a loosely immovable object. Evan Dudley, al, "Instant analysis: UAB holds off Akron in 31-20 win," 7 Sep. 2019 As irresistible force to Tierney's immovable object, Jonigkeit steals most of their scenes, not due to his partner's dramatic shortcomings but because Scratch is witty where Sawyer is smart, and witty is just more fun. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Witch': Theater Review," 30 Aug. 2019 In the cloth of the Emcee’s coattails and the ice in Joanne’s vodka lived a deep love and respect for actors and designers, and an immovable reverence for talent. Brandon Uranowitz, Town & Country, "Legendary Broadway Director Hal Prince Remembered For His "Immovable Reverence for Talent"," 5 Aug. 2019 For years, the National Rifle Assn. has been an immovable force, and the gun lobby will keep putting its considerable money and muscle into the fight against gun control. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Had enough? Here’s how to fight the madness of mass shootings," 4 Aug. 2019 But the policy, with its strictly physiological definition, was immovable. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Case for Redefining Infertility," 18 June 2019 Center Dwight Stephenson was such an immovable object from his first practice that blocking schemes were soon built around him. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Preston Williams is a cautionary star of this Miami Dolphins summer | Commentary," 10 Aug. 2019 In the most striking and profound of these compositions, Aguilar becomes one with the arid landscape: hunched, heavy and curved, her torso immovable and ancient like stone. Lori Waxman,, "A Laura Aguilar retrospective gives turns an eye to her beautiful views of people outside the mainstream," 22 July 2019 The 31-year-old has been an immovable object in Barça's midfield since signing from Sevilla five years ago, but the club are moving into a new era after a summer that has changed the face of the club., "Ivan Rakitic Heading for Barcelona Exit Amid Playing Time Concerns & Stalled Contract Talks," 26 July 2019

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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 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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