inviolable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French inviolable, from Latin inviolābilis (untouchable), from violō (violate).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈvaɪələbl̩/
  • Hyphenation: in‧vi‧o‧la‧ble

Adjective[edit]

inviolable (comparative more inviolable, superlative most inviolable)

  1. Not violable; not to be infringed.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Second Edition, Book IV, lines 842–4:
      But come, for thou, be ſure, ſhalt give account / To him who ſent us, whoſe charge is to keep / This place inviolable, and therefore theſe from harm.
    • a. 1682, Sir Thomas Browne, “Christian Morals”, in Henry Gardiner, editor, Religio Medici, together with a Letter to a Friend on the Death of His Intimate Friend and Christian Morals, London: W. Pickering, published 1845, part III, page 337:
      But honeſt men’s words are Stygian oaths, and promiſes inviolable.
    • 1828, Thomas Castaly, “The Recorder”, in Fanny with Other Poems, page 87:
      One more request, and I am lost, / If you its earnest prayer deny ; / It is, that you preserve the most / Inviolable secrecy / As to my plan.
  2. Not susceptible to violence, or of being profaned, corrupted, or dishonoured.
  3. Incapable of being injured or invaded; indestructible.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin inviolābilis (untouchable).

Adjective[edit]

inviolable (plural inviolables)

  1. inviolable

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin inviolābilis (untouchable).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /imbjoˈlable/, [ĩmbjoˈlaβle]

Adjective[edit]

inviolable (plural inviolables)

  1. inviolable