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immovable

or immoveable

[ih-moo-vuh-buh l] /ɪˈmu və bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being moved; fixed; stationary.
2.
incapable of being influenced by feeling; emotionless:
an immovable heart; an immovable tyrant.
3.
incapable of being moved from one's purpose, opinion, etc.; steadfast; unyielding.
4.
not subject to change; unalterable.
5.
not moving; motionless.
6.
Law.
  1. not liable to be removed, or permanent in place.
  2. (of property) real, as distinguished from personal.
7.
not changing from one date to another in different years:
Christmas is an immovable feast.
noun
8.
something immovable.
9.
immovables, Law. lands and the appurtenances thereof, as trees and buildings.
Origin of immovable
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English immevable, immovable; see im-2, movable
Related forms
immovability, immovableness, noun
immovably, adverb
Synonyms
3. obdurate, inflexible, unbending, adamant.
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  • The Apaches were discouraged by the immovability of the train, and by the steady and deadly resistance of its defenders.

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  • The greater this height, the greater will be the immovability of the mass.

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  • I saw with fear its immovability to the struggles of our handful of people.

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  • The keynote of the bony man's whole nature—mental, physical and moral—is immovability.

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  • Nothing could exceed the silence and immovability of the spectators.

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British Dictionary definitions for immovability

immovable

/ɪˈmuːvəbəl/
adjective
1.
unable to move or be moved; fixed; immobile
2.
unable to be diverted from one's intentions; steadfast
3.
unaffected by feeling; impassive
4.
unchanging; unalterable
5.
(of feasts, holidays, etc) occurring on the same date every year
6.
(law)
  1. (of property) not liable to be removed; fixed
  2. of or relating to immoveables Compare movable
Derived Forms
immovability, immoveability, immovableness, immoveableness, noun
immovably, immoveably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immovability
n.

late 14c.; see immovable + -ity.

immovable

adj.

late 14c., literal and figurative, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + movable. Related: Immovably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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