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Examples of inexorable in a Sentence
the inexorable rise of a political movement
Recent Examples of inexorable from the Web
Lelio could have perhaps done a better job of acknowledging the inexorable power of inertia.
The White House, a big backer of coal despite the inexorable shift towards more environmentally-friendly energy sources, is yet to comment.
Inaction in either case could be just as meaningful, as both situations follow their own inexorable logic toward an outcome that Trump will have missed an opportunity to forestall.
Fifty-one years later, its lack of prominence is a testament to King's radical ambition: to expand the scope of the civil rights movement and draw clear the inexorable ties between domestic policy and unjust aggression abroad.
But the upward trend in pedestrian safety seemed inexorable.
There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the [Justice League] reshoots, simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic ‘stache.
These industries have been shedding workers for decades, mostly because of inexorable productivity gains.
But there are no easy answers on how to break what appears to be an inexorable slide into a deeper freeze and little optimism that dialogue is about to break out.
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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."
INEXORABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inexorable for English Language Learners
: not able to be stopped or changed
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