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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
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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  • 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

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 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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