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Examples of inexorable in a Sentence
the inexorable rise of a political movement
Recent Examples of inexorable from the Web
Ratcliff and Eric Libby, a theoretical biologist at Umeå University in Sweden, proposed 4 years ago that a ratcheting effect took over, driving an inexorable increase in complexity.
The seeming inexorable shift toward consumers buying on the web, instead of at stores, isn’t likely to be affected by Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that online retailers have to pay sales tax, experts say.
But the seemingly inexorable decline continued apace.
The Spin Doctors may be hold the record for the slowest inexorable climb of an album up the charts.
Hollinghurst’s narrative orbits around the disparate fates of a father and son, but contained within its epic scope is an elegiac portrait of the inexorable power of time.
Fortunately for us, the team at Debenhams were also paying close attention to Quinn’s inexorable rise, and his new collection for the British department store launches this week.
The rise of the fashionable sneaker — the result of casual Friday’s inexorable creep across the rest of the week — has footwear retailers scrambling to adjust.
Malaysia’s election this week was expected to provide more evidence that democracy in Southeast Asia was in an inexorable retreat.
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Did You Know?
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."
INEXORABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inexorable for English Language Learners
: not able to be stopped or changed
INEXORABLE Defined for Kids
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