in·​dis·​sol·​u·​ble | \ ˌin-di-ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce indissoluble (audio) \

Definition of indissoluble

: not dissoluble especially : incapable of being annulled, undone, or broken : permanent an indissoluble contract

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Other Words from indissoluble

indissolubility \ ˌin-​di-​ˌsäl-​yə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indissolubility (audio) \ noun
indissolubleness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈsäl-​yə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indissolubleness (audio) \ noun
indissolubly \ ˌin-​di-​ˈsäl-​yə-​blē How to pronounce indissolubly (audio) \ adverb

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Indissoluble entered the English language close on the heels of its antonym "dissoluble" ("capable of being dissolved"). "Dissoluble" (from Latin dissolubilis) first appeared in print in 1534, and "indissoluble" (with its "in-" prefix) followed in 1542. Dissolubilis derives from "dissolvere" ("to loosen" or "to dissolve"), which in turn comes from "dis-" ("apart") and "solvere" ("to loosen"). Not surprisingly, "dissolvere" is also the source of "dissolve" and "dissolvable," among other words. Is there an "indissolvable"? Yes and no. It exists, but it is archaic and rare. The word most likely to be used for things that cannot be dissolved in a liquid is "insoluble." "Indissoluble" generally refers to abstract entities, such as promises or treaties, that cannot be dissolved.

Examples of indissoluble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s an indissoluble complexity to the blockchain that forbids pithy description. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "New tech books: ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Broad Band,’ ‘The Truth Machine’," 1 June 2018 Kids was the dying breath of a city on the verge of indissoluble change. Elijah Wolfson, Newsweek, "‘Kids’ Turns 20, Doesn’t Feel a Day Over 16," 26 July 2015

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First Known Use of indissoluble

1542, in the meaning defined above

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“Indissoluble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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formal : impossible to destroy, break up, or get rid of

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