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
inexorable was our Word of the Day on 07/09/2009. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of inexorable in a Sentence
the inexorable rise of a political movement
Recent Examples of inexorable from the Web
Kalanick promoted the impression that Uber’s current success and its world-dominating future derive from the inexorable advantages of technology.
While there’s no denying the inexorable march of time (dimming eyes and creaky joints being my least favorite), attitude may prove to be the elusive Fountain of Youth.
Household deposits—long the backbone of China’s economy, funding inexorable loan growth—
Without distance, Rishi knew the inexorable love for his art, for creation, would suck him in and never let go.
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?
Still, the album and the movie exert an inexorable hold on me.
The sea is the inexorable social night into which the penal laws fling their condemned.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inexorable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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."
INEXORABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inexorable for English Language Learners
: not able to be stopped or changed
INEXORABLE Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up inexorable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).