in·​ex·​o·​ra·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈneks-rə-bəl How to pronounce inexorable (audio) , -ˈnek-sə-, -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 How to pronounce inexorability (audio) , -​ˌnek-​sə-​ , -​ˌneg-​zə-​ \ noun
inexorableness \ (ˌ)i-​ˈneks-​rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inexorableness (audio) , -​ˈnek-​sə-​ , -​ˈneg-​zə-​ \ noun
inexorably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈneks-​rə-​blē How to pronounce inexorably (audio) , -​ˈnek-​sə-​ , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web Although the tectonic collision happened at speeds of no more than 3 to 4 centimeters per year, the inexorable smash-up shattered the 100-kilometer-thick bit of crust and sent most of it deep within Earth’s mantle, van Hinsbergen says. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Geologists uncover history lost continent buried beneath Europe," 6 Sep. 2019 That was enough to restabilize these glaciers, preventing their inexorable decline. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Running the numbers on an insane scheme to save Antarctic ice," 20 July 2019 Ever since Britain handed over the bustling colonial entrepôt to Beijing in 1997, prognosticators and politicos of all stripes warned of its inexorable decline. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "China can’t smash Hong Kong’s spirit," 12 June 2019 With the inexorable flow of NFL news over the last week, even the NFL offseason’s biggest story lost steam amid the flurry of activity over the past week. Andrew Brandt,, "Perspective on the Business Decisions Around Andrew Luck's Retirement From the NFL," 3 Sep. 2019 And does the season have to feel like an inexorable march toward Clemson-Bama, ad infinitum? George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why college football needs new blood to break through current playoff blockade," 30 Aug. 2019 Given that seemingly inexorable ramp-up of cyberwar's destructive potential, how do humans head off a chaotic future of endless, widespread digital conflict? Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 Those kinds of changes might not be enough to save GameStop from the seemingly inexorable move toward downloads and Internet streams that claimed other physical media retailers like Suncoast and Tower Records. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "GameStop lays off 120 corporate staffers as stock continues to tumble," 21 Aug. 2019 In the trial of young Elwood, Whitehead dares to test the great preacher’s doctrine of inexorable love. Ron Charles, Houston Chronicle, "In Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys,’ an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 30 July 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of inexorable

formal : 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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something of little or no value

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