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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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  • But her eyes rested on his with a quiet and inexorable command.

    The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason
  • Nor was there any appeal from the inexorable logic of his remarks.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • The vassals of the feudal lord entered into his quarrels with the most inexorable rage.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • The ticking of the clock emphasized the inexorable silence of the house.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Why this usually tolerant and always sensible emperor should have been so inexorable on this occasion is a mystery.

    Roman Women Alfred Brittain
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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