Definition of inexorable
: not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped : relentless inexorable progress
inexorabilityplay \(ˌ)i-ˌneks-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnek-sə-, -ˌneg-zə-\ noun
inexorablenessplay \(ˌ)i-ˈneks-rə-bəl-nəs, -ˈnek-sə-, -ˈneg-zə-\ noun
inexorablyplay \(ˌ)i-ˈneks-rə-blē, -ˈnek-sə-, -ˈneg-zə-rə-\ adverb
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Examples of inexorable in a Sentence
the inexorable rise of a political movement
Recent Examples of inexorable from the Web
Its diversification is largely a result of the inexorable sprawl of this city, where residents keep moving farther out in search of lower-density living.
Less fun, though, will be the inexorable observation that if something as integral as sleep can be flummoxed by climate change, then why wouldn’t everything else be, too?
The inexorable march of the mobile phone continues.
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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."
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Definition of inexorable for English Language Learners
: not able to be stopped or changed
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