inexorable

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adjective in·ex·o·ra·ble \ (ˌ)i-ˈneks-rə-bəl , -ˈnek-sə- , -ˈneg-zə-rə- \

Definition of inexorable

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

inexorability

play \(ˌ)i-ˌneks-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnek-sə-, -ˌneg-zə-\ noun

inexorableness

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inexorably

play \(ˌ)i-ˈneks-rə-blē, -ˈnek-sə-, -ˈneg-zə-rə-\ adverb

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Examples of inexorable in a Sentence

  1. the inexorable rise of a political movement

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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."

Origin and Etymology of inexorable

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


INEXORABLE Defined for English Language Learners

inexorable

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adjective

Definition of inexorable for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be stopped or changed


INEXORABLE Defined for Kids

inexorable

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adjective in·ex·o·ra·ble \ i-ˈnek-sə-rə-bəl \

Definition of inexorable for Students

:relentless
  • We cannot stop the inexorable passing of time.

inexorably

\-blē\ adverb


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