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

Jones is an immovable object who will bully nearly every big in the paint and will give it to you on both ends of the court. Kellen Becoats,, "Elena Delle Donne, A'ja Wilson Lead Predicted Starters for WNBA All-Star Game," 8 July 2019 So who wins when the unstoppable force from Spokane meets the immovable object from Lubbock in the Elite Eight on Saturday? Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Everybody wins in an Elite Eight matchup between Gonzaga’s nation-leading offense and Texas Tech’s historically strong defense," 30 Mar. 2019 The Gunners were until recently immovable in the Premier League’s top four. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsenal Is Stunning the Premier League by...Not Being Awful," 5 Nov. 2018 Real Madrid are reported to have switched their attention to Thibaut Courtois as their primary goalkeeping target ahead of the summer transfer window, with United’s stance appearing to be resolute and seemingly immovable under Mourinho., "Jose Mourinho Insists There Is 'No Chance' David de Gea Will Leave Old Trafford This Summer," 27 Apr. 2018 Many things were immovable, like the wall with the two doorways that lead to the atrium and the backyard. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Christopher Peacock on Designing the 2013 Kitchen of the Year," 20 Aug. 2013 In comparison to the Fitbit Alta HR, the Vivosmart 4 has better fitness chops, more smartwatch-like features, and a better design (save for its immovable bands). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Vivosmart 4 review: An affordable band for easy fitness, SpO2 data," 27 Oct. 2018 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

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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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