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

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For all the inexorable events that allowed her rise, her downfall comes all too easy; and after living all these years at a symbolic remove, the Lyons family is suddenly the key to saving England. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "How HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ triumphed at personalizing a global sense of doom," 30 July 2019 The issue recurs in different forms, from slavery through Jim Crow to mass incarceration and the all-too-routine police shootings that undermine any simple notion of inexorable progress. Los Angeles Times, "A new vibrant era in African American playwriting seen in Geraldine Inoa and Dionna M. Daniel’s latest," 28 July 2019 There was a moment, early in Robert Mueller’s House Judiciary Committee testimony today, that stood at least a some small chance of altering the inexorable momentum against impeachment. David French, National Review, "Today, Impeachment Died Another Death," 24 July 2019 The inexorable command is to reason correctly so that justice is done, especially when constitutional rights are at stake. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Let flawed court precedent fall," 28 June 2019 What happened to the supposedly inexorable march of the machines? The Economist, "A different dystopia: July 2030," 6 July 2019 From the moment Dani, Christian and the rest pass through the settlement’s sunburst gate, everything from the green hills girdling the compound to the flowing choreography contributes to the slow-growing, inexorable sense of entrapment. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 July 2019 Some believe that the discovery might herald a new category for how quantum particles interact and behave — one that defies physicists’ assumptions that such a system follows an inexorable march toward thermalization. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Machine Appears to Defy Universe’s Push for Disorder," 20 Mar. 2019 This information allowed the ballistic computer to then anticipate the bullet’s slow but inexorable drop due to gravity and advise the shooter where to aim to strike the target. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next Infantry Guns Will Have Computerized Fire Control for Unreal Accuracy," 14 Feb. 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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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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a period when something is suspended

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