in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble | \ in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \

Definition of indomitable

: incapable of being subdued : unconquerable indomitable courage

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Other Words from indomitable

indomitability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌdä-​mə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \ noun
indomitableness \ in-​ˈdä-​mə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \ noun
indomitably \ in-​ˈdä-​mə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \ adverb

Your Knowledge of Indomitable Cannot 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 the wildness associated with indomitable developed into a specific kind of strength. By the 1800s, indomitable was being used for people whose courage and persistence helped them to succeed in difficult situations.

Examples of indomitable in a Sentence

an indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigors of pioneer life
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First Known Use of indomitable

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indomitable

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

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“Indomitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indomitable

formal : impossible to defeat or discourage


in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble | \ in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indomitable

: impossible to defeat an indomitable spirit

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