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 Never mind that no president has that power, that the timing of federal elections has been fixed since the 19th century and that the Constitution sets an immovable expiration date on the president’s term. Alexander Burns,, "Trump attacks an election he is at risk of losing," 31 July 2020 As a vault specialist, Chusovitina has been playing the mind game of running fearlessly at high, immovable objects in front of large crowds for three decades. Rachael Scott, CNN, "She was competing before Simone Biles was born. Now they compete against each other," 11 July 2020 Child care is the immovable object around which so much else in family life orbits, and when the usual child-care options disappear, something else has to give. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Already Taken a Toll on Parents’ Careers," 9 July 2020 Appropriately named, Fortson was a fort — a strong and immovable presence — inside for Huggins' Bearcats in the mid-1990s. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Opinion: UC Bearcats beat writer Keith Jenkins' top-5 men's hoops players of all time," 6 July 2020 Next came a rebound that had fans believing that Apple’s big price is no immovable object when confronted with the irresistible force of its runaway momentum. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "After Apple’s stratospheric rise, investors are facing a new threat: Simple math," 30 June 2020 Mississippi’s now-former flag, adopted in 1894, previously had seemed immovable, surviving previous pushes to abandon it. Mark Berman, Washington Post, "Mississippi governor signs bill changing state’s flag, abandoning Confederate symbol," 30 June 2020 Listed at 6-3, 353 pounds, Harrison is an immovable object between the A-gaps who can absorb double-teams to keep his linebackers clean, defeat single blocks and make plays around or behind the line of scrimmage. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 free agents who could still improve the Cowboys’ roster, including this immovable object at nose tackleThis article has comments enabled.," 26 June 2020 The coronavirus is held in chains, immovable and shorn of its virulence. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "India’s goddesses of contagion provide protection in the pandemic – just don’t make them angry," 15 June 2020

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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 6 Aug. 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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