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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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  • One inexorable rule of etiquette is that you must talk to your next door neighbor at a dinner table.
  • There is an inexorable psychological undertow pulling me away from a reckoning with something so painful.
  • The connection between the two is inexorable: the airplane must bank to turn, and when it is banked, it must turn.
  • Rather, it has been an unexpected but inexorable military decline.
  • Perhaps someday you will realize this for yourself, with the inexorable brain development of maturity.
  • They cite growing evidence that the inexorable rise of the gas is altering the climate in ways that threaten human welfare.
  • And the film moves so smoothly it seems to be heading toward inexorable tragedy.
  • In fact, today the terraces continue their inexorable uplift at the rate of an inch per century.
  • The inexorable aging of our population will markedly influence the policy milieu in the years ahead.
  • And so the national debt continues on its inexorable rise.
British Dictionary definitions for inexorable


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 inexorable

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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