indomitable

adjective in·dom·i·ta·ble \ in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of indomitable

:incapable of being subdued :unconquerable
  • indomitable courage

indomitability

play \(ˌ)in-ˌdä-mə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

indomitableness

play \in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

indomitably

play \in-ˈdä-mə-tə-blē\ adverb

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Examples of indomitable in a Sentence

  1. an indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigors of pioneer life

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Your Knowledge of indomitable Can Not Be Tamed

The prefix in- means "not in numerous English words (think of "indecent," "indecisive," "inconvenient," and "infallible"). When "in-" teamed up with the Latin domitare ("to tame"), the result was a word meaning "unable to be tamed." "Indomitable" was first used in English in the 1600s as a synonym of "wild," but over time its sense of untamability turned from a problem to a virtue. By the 1800s, "indomitable" was being used for people whose courage and persistence helped them to succeed in difficult situations.

Origin and Etymology of indomitable

Late Latin indomitabilis, from Latin in- + domitare to tame — more at daunt


INDOMITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

indomitable

adjective

Definition of indomitable for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to defeat or discourage


INDOMITABLE Defined for Kids

indomitable

adjective in·dom·i·ta·ble \ in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl \

Definition of indomitable for Students

:impossible to defeat
  • an indomitable spirit


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