in·​vul·​ner·​a·​ble | \(ˌ)in-ˈvəl-n(ə-)rə-bəl, -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 \ noun
invulnerableness \(ˌ)in-​ˈvəl-​n(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs, -​nər-​bəl-​ \ noun
invulnerably \(ˌ)in-​ˈvəl-​n(ə-​)rə-​blē, -​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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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 However, there are also innate characteristics that can make someone uniquely vulnerable or invulnerable; extreme family traits or circumstances that explain the deviance. Chris Cuomo, CNN, "Chris Cuomo: What I learned about evil from America's notorious criminals," 14 June 2018 His synthetic brain is not invulnerable to bullet holes. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' androids embrace their humanity, if not humans, amid Season 2 chaos," 19 Apr. 2018 And yes, Andrew Luck will be able to step up in the pocket, knowing there's a nigh-invulnerable force of nature protecting him. Joseph Spears, Indianapolis Star, "Nelson draft grades: Plenty of good but we know you'll want to see the D+," 27 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of invulnerable

1 : impossible to injure or damage

2 : safe from attack

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