in·​vul·​ner·​a·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvəl-n(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce invulnerable (audio) , -nər-bəl\

Definition of invulnerable

1 : incapable of being wounded, injured, or harmed
2 : immune to or proof against attack : impregnable

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Other Words from invulnerable

invulnerability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌvəl-​n(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce invulnerability (audio) \ noun
invulnerableness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvəl-​n(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce invulnerableness (audio) , -​nər-​bəl-​ \ noun
invulnerably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvəl-​n(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce invulnerably (audio) , -​nər-​blē \ adverb

Examples of invulnerable in a Sentence

teenagers who think they are invulnerable The candidate seems to be in an invulnerable position. The team seems invulnerable this season.
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Paired with a long-range missile, missile submarines are largely invulnerable from attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Does America Still Need the Nuclear Triad?," 23 Jan. 2019 Despite the potential rejection of the Brexit deal, Britain’s unprecedented political situation leaves Mrs. May paradoxically invulnerable. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Brexit Deal Hangs in Balance as May Braces for Defeat in Crucial Vote," 15 Jan. 2019 The submarines, which form a functional invulnerable retaliatory force in case of surprise nuclear attack, will soon be able to launch missiles with less powerful tactical nuclear weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Submarines Will Soon Carry Tactical Nuclear Weapons," 26 July 2018 But, as Remnick noted, despite her strength onstage, Franklin wasn’t entirely invulnerable. Karen Han, Vox, "Aretha Franklin’s “royal persona” commanded respect," 16 Aug. 2018 Unlike a silo, which is fixed in the ground, an airplane flying over the United States was pretty much invulnerable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 The aircraft carrier for all its power is not invulnerable. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 Supposedly invulnerable businesses are challenged by nimble upstarts with disruptive ideas. Jeff Jacoby,, "Don’t break up Google — the market will sort everything out," 14 June 2018 But the essential location here is Wakanda, the fictional nation where T’Challa — our hero who dons the invulnerable suit that makes him the Black Panther — is king. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Why Wakanda matters," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of invulnerable

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for invulnerable

Latin invulnerabilis, from in- + vulnerare to wound — more at vulnerable

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English Language Learners Definition of invulnerable

: impossible to harm, damage, or defeat


in·​vul·​ner·​a·​ble | \ in-ˈvəl-nə-rə-bəl How to pronounce invulnerable (audio) \

Kids Definition of invulnerable

1 : impossible to injure or damage
2 : safe from attack

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