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 unalterability (audio) \ noun
unalterableness \ ˌən-​ˈȯl-​t(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce unalterableness (audio) \ noun
unalterably \ ˌən-​ˈȯl-​t(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce unalterably (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 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 Still, the freedoms outweighed the challenges, and all of Green's requirements could be met without the distraction of an unalterable floor plan. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Chanel Fashion Executive’s High-Glam Sutton Place Home," 26 July 2019 But this is no longer Adams’ America, where facts were unalterable. Lee Mcintyre, The Conversation, "The Mueller hearing and the death of facts," 25 July 2019 Empathy is not like a person’s adult height, something unalterable. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 That hopeful idea is the polar opposite of a natural, unalterable rate of unemployment. Mike Konczal, Vox, "How low can unemployment go? Economists keep getting the answer wrong.," 4 May 2018 But if removal isn’t possible, Paul should employ the same strategy as anyone who risks being screened out due to unalterable circumstances. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "Advice for a registered sex offender’s job search," 20 Apr. 2018 The federal government plays a vital role in domestic and global security, Trump is a dangerous and erratic figure, and somebody needs to try to steer him away from decisions that would provoke unalterable tragedy. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Aides Tried to Conceal His Crazy, Racist Beliefs From the Country," 16 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unalterable

: not capable of being changed or altered

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