in·​dis·​sol·​u·​ble ˌin-di-ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce indissoluble (audio)
: not dissoluble
especially : incapable of being annulled, undone, or broken : permanent
an indissoluble contract
indissolubility noun
indissolubleness noun
indissolubly adverb

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Indissoluble and its antonym dissoluble ("capable of being dissolved or disintegrated") both date their first print appearances to the 16th century, and both owe a debt to Latin dissolubilis, which means "dissoluble; capable of being dissolved." While the word dissolve in that gloss may call to mind the chemical process by which something mixed with a liquid becomes part of the liquid (as when salt or sugar dissolve in water), indissoluble primarily relates to other meanings of dissolve: "destroy" and "disintegrate," "terminate" and "annul." Something indissoluble—such as a treaty, contract, or vow—is permanent. The English word dissolve, in all its meanings, is a cousin to indissoluble and dissoluble. Dissolubilis derives from Latin dissolvere (from dis- + solvere, "to loosen") the source of our word dissolve.

Examples of indissoluble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are linked in an essential, indissoluble bond. Llewellyn King, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence, and able to dictate the terms of the connection between the old and the new world! Jack Butler, National Review, 22 Aug. 2021 The love trial ended in mutual frustration, but their bond was indissoluble. Charles McNultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 But Céline’s reputation is indissoluble from his strange political fate. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 15 June 2022 The union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual and as indissoluble as the union between the original States. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 10 Dec. 2020 Despite the great minds wrestling with it, the vexed question of how to live continues to induce a state of indissoluble anxiety. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2020 There’s an indissoluble complexity to the blockchain that forbids pithy description. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2018 Kids was the dying breath of a city on the verge of indissoluble change. Elijah Wolfson, Newsweek, 26 July 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indissoluble was in 1542


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“Indissoluble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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in·​dis·​sol·​u·​ble ˌin-dis-ˈäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce indissoluble (audio)
: impossible to dissolve, do away with, break up, or decompose
an indissoluble contract
indissolubility noun
indissolubly adverb

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