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inexorable

[in-ek-ser-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛk sər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
unyielding; unalterable:
inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
2.
not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties:
an inexorable creditor.
Origin of inexorable
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin inexōrābilis. See in-3, exorable
Related forms
inexorability, inexorableness, noun
inexorably, adverb
Synonyms
2. unbending; severe, relentless, unrelenting, implacable, merciless, cruel, pitiless. See inflexible.
Antonyms
2. flexible; merciful.
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  • There is the fatality of dogmas, the oppression of human laws, the inexorability of nature.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • Completely overcome by the inexorability of his fate, Falder throws himself down the stairs, breaking his neck.

  • An order from the Vatican was law; and the Bishop obeyed it with no other thought than its inerrancy and inexorability.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • First, there is the fatality of dogmas, then the oppression of human laws, and finally the inexorability of nature.

  • She would not bear thinking of, this thing of beauty and need and, at the same time, inexorability of endurance.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for inexorability

inexorable

/ɪnˈɛksərəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be moved by entreaty or persuasion
2.
relentless
Derived Forms
inexorability, inexorableness, noun
inexorably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inexōrābilis, from in-1 + exōrābilis, from exōrāre to prevail upon, from ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for inexorability

inexorable

adj.

1550s, from Middle French inexorable and directly from Latin inexorabilis "that cannot be moved by entreaty," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + exorabilis "able to be entreated," from exorare "to prevail upon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + orare "pray" (see orator). Related: Inexorably; inexorability.

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