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[in-dom-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪnˈdɒm ɪ tə bəl/
that cannot be subdued or overcome, as persons, will, or courage; unconquerable:
an indomitable warrior.
Origin of indomitable
1625-35; < Late Latin indomitābilis < Latin indomit(us) untamed (in- in-3 + domitus, past participle of domāre to subdue, tame, bring under control) + -ābilis -able; compare Latin indomābilis
Related forms
indomitability, indomitableness, noun
indomitably, adverb
unyielding. See invincible.
yielding. Unabridged
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  • The first Boer war still smarted in our minds, and we knew the prowess of the indomitable burghers.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Nevertheless, indomitable in her purpose, she maintained the struggle.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • This provided food and persuaded the Turks of the indomitable spirit of the Crusaders.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • They failed, however, to consider the indomitable French spirit.

  • And Drusilla lay there, crying softly, a lonely American mothered by this indomitable old woman of France.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for indomitable


(of courage, pride, etc) difficult or impossible to defeat or subdue
Derived Forms
indomitability, indomitableness, noun
indomitably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin indomitābilis, from Latin indomitus untamable, from in-1 + domitus subdued, from domāre to tame
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Word Origin and History for indomitable

1630s, from Late Latin indomitabilis "untameable," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + *domitabilis, from Latin domitare, frequentative of domare "to tame" (see tame). Related: Indomitably.

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