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

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.

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 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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