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


not able to be moved by entreaty or persuasion
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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