in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio)
: incapable of being subdued : unconquerable
indomitable courage
indomitableness noun
indomitably adverb

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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.

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an indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigors of pioneer life
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indomitable was in 1634


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“Indomitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio)
: impossible to defeat
an indomitable spirit

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