un·​al·​ter·​able | \ ˌən-ˈȯl-t(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce unalterable (audio) \

Definition of unalterable

: not capable of being altered or changed an unalterable resolve unalterable hatred

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Other Words from unalterable

unalterability \ ˌən-​ˌȯl-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unalterable (audio) \ noun
unalterableness \ ˌən-​ˈȯl-​t(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce unalterable (audio) \ noun
unalterably \ ˌən-​ˈȯl-​t(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce unalterable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unalterable in a Sentence

the rules of the game are unalterable, regardless of who is playing
Recent Examples on the Web Even without a pandemic, a 50-50 Senate is inherently subject to the unalterable realities of human mortality. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Moderate Democrats Rule Washington Now," 6 Jan. 2021 The x-axis is still just the unalterable fact of time. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 And all the things that seemed unalterable have been disrupted — including the holy celebration of Easter. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: How the coronavirus is reshaping our lives," 13 Apr. 2020 By the evening of this fateful day, the great nations of Europe will be on an unalterable course toward world war. Jay Martel, The New Yorker, "Once Before a Time: A Roundup of Upcoming Prequels," 8 Feb. 2020 The perception remains unaltered, perhaps even unalterable. BostonGlobe.com, "1. Triston Casas, 1B (age 19 in 2019)," 18 Nov. 2019 But there are ways get around this unalterable fact; happily, there is a black market for the right genetic stuff. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Gattaca': THR's 1997 Review," 24 Oct. 2019 But what really frustrates me isn’t the persistence of special pleading across shifts in partisan control — which is, as Burke pointed out, a predictable manifestation of unalterable human nature. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 These candidates are running not just against a President and a party but against the tendency of proto-dictatorships and other abhorrent situations to be regarded, eventually, as acceptable or unalterable. Jim Lardner, The New Yorker, "Something for the Democrats to Try at the Debates: a Little Togetherness," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unalterable

circa 1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unalterable was circa 1605

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10 Jan 2021

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“Unalterable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unalterable. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unalterable

: not capable of being changed or altered

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