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


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

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
For the chest and shoulders, the main movement is moving the extended arm toward the midline, resisting the movement by placing the forearm of the bad arm against an immovable object like a door jamb. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2024 But standing in the way of the unstoppable force that is Clark was the immovable object in the form of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Ben Morse, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 His diehard admirers—not all seventy-four million people who voted for him in the 2020 election but his immovable base, maybe thirty per cent of Republicans—admire him still, now more than ever. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2024 Talented Black artists are far too often pigeonholed, boxed into a genre and identity that at times seems immovable. Shannon J. Effinger, SPIN, 29 Mar. 2024 Her scenes with Buckley, in which the irresistible urge of Irish bonhomie butts up against the immovable object of passive-aggressive politeness and repression, are like watching musicians play off against each other’s weaving melodies and riffs. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2024 The slight variations in scale yield an uncanny visual sense of tumbling lightness for these massive, immovable objects. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 But despite ample support from the donor class, her campaign made little dent in the immovable political object that is Trump’s Republican support. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 The hurt and anger between Prince William and Prince Harry, in particular, has now hardened into something colder and more immovable, said Scobie: indifference. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not able to be moved
: not moving : stationary

Legal Definition


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


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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