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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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 \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce immovably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for immovable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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: Adjective The urgent need for medical personnel is colliding head-on with the immovable bureaucracy of hospital regulations and a health care system that has been taxed in unprecedented ways. Nicole Hong, New York Times, "Volunteers Rushed to Help New York Hospitals. They Found a Bottleneck.," 8 Apr. 2020 Economists, medical professionals, policymakers, the press, and the public crave a set of immovable milestones that, confirmed by empirical evidence, show our progress in ultimately defeating the coronavirus. Jonathan Ellen, National Review, "America Doesn’t Need One Strategy for Coronavirus; It Needs Many," 27 Mar. 2020 The problem is, while three other players were incorporated into that Porzingis deal to clear the decks, Arsenal still remain up to their elbows in dreadful, near-immovable contracts., "Washed: How Arsenal & the New York Knicks Became the Laughing Stocks of Their Player Markets," 16 July 2019 Several commuters reported that their typical gridlock Friday seemed particularly immovable. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Atlanta responds with mostly gripes to Trump’s late Friday visit to CDC," 6 Mar. 2020 Palestinians in the West Bank live mainly under the administrative control of the Palestinian Authority, which is run by an unpopular but immovable elite. Jonathan Spyer, WSJ, "Israel’s New Diplomatic Moment," 3 Mar. 2020 Irresistible force might prevail over the immovable object. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Stop Bernie Sanders Now," 4 Feb. 2020 What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object is a famous old riddle that captures exactly the crisis unfolding in Iran. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 The contrast between Putin’s seemingly immovable role in Russia and the tumultuous political fighting in the United States could hardly be starker., "MOSCOW — Just hours after President Trump became only the third US leader to be impeached, President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday mocked what he described as an attempt by Democrats to reverse the 2016 election and hinted that he could, himself, stay in power for many more years.," 20 Dec. 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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“Immovable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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 immovableLouisiana Civil Code often used in pl. — compare movable

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