in·​ex·​o·​ra·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈneks-rə-bəl, -ˈnek-sə- How to pronounce inexorable (audio) , -ˈneg-zə-rə- How to pronounce inexorable (audio) \

Definition of inexorable

: not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped : relentless inexorable progress

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inexorability \ (ˌ)i-​ˌneks-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , -​ˌnek-​sə-​ How to pronounce inexorable (audio) , -​ˌneg-​zə-​ \ noun
inexorableness \ (ˌ)i-​ˈneks-​rə-​bəl-​nəs , -​ˈnek-​sə-​ How to pronounce inexorable (audio) , -​ˈneg-​zə-​ \ noun
inexorably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈneks-​rə-​blē , -​ˈnek-​sə-​ How to pronounce inexorable (audio) , -​ˈneg-​zə-​rə-​ \ adverb

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The Latin antecedent of inexorable is inexorabilis, which is itself a combination of the prefix in-, meaning "not," plus exorabilis, meaning pliant or "capable of being moved by entreaty." It's a fitting etymology for inexorable. You can beseech and implore until you're blue in the face, but that won't have any effect on something that's inexorable. Inexorable has been a part of the English language since the 1500s. Originally, it was often applied to persons, or sometimes to personified things ("deaf and inexorable laws"). These days, it is usually applied to things, as in "inexorable monotony" or "an inexorable trend." In such cases, it essentially means "unyielding" or "inflexible."

Examples of inexorable in a Sentence

the inexorable rise of a political movement
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First Known Use of inexorable

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inexorable

Latin inexorabilis, from in- + exorabilis pliant, from exorare to prevail upon, from ex- + orare to speak — more at oration

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“Inexorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inexorable

: not able to be stopped or changed


in·​ex·​o·​ra·​ble | \ i-ˈnek-sə-rə-bəl How to pronounce inexorable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexorable

: relentless We cannot stop the inexorable passing of time.

Other Words from inexorable

inexorably \ -​blē \ adverb


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