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Examples of inviolable in a Sentence
a person with inviolable moral standards
an inviolable trust between lawyer and client
Did You Know?
Inviolable is a venerable word that has been with us since the 15th century. Its opposite, "violable" ("capable of being or likely to be violated") appeared a century later. The English playwright Shackerley Marmion made good use of "violable" in A Fine Companion in 1633, writing, "Alas, my heart is Tender and violable with the least weapon Sorrow can dart at me." But English speakers have never warmed up to that word the way we have to "inviolable," and it continues to be used much less frequently. Both terms descend from Latin violare, which both shares the meaning and is an ancestor of the English word violate.
Origin and Etymology of inviolable
Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin inviolabilis, from in- + violare to violate
First Known Use: 15th century
INVIOLABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inviolable for English Language Learners
: too important to be ignored or treated with disrespect
INVIOLABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of inviolable for Students
1 : too sacred to be broken or denied an inviolable oath
2 : impossible to harm or destroy by violence an inviolable fortress
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