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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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Examples from the Web for inexorableness
Historical Examples
  • He had known nothing of the bitterness of defeat, the losing battle with fate, the inexorableness of bereavement.

  • She would have exulted in making them feel his inexorableness.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • It was he, in his inexorableness, close shut up against any appeal or argument, that was the superior now.

    Salem Chapel, v. 2/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • The inexorableness of a great will was present in the room as an actual thing.

  • It seems to have the quality of inexorableness that duty has.

    The World I Live In Helen Keller
  • And then, in a sudden flash of illumination, he saw precisely wherein that sense of inexorableness lay.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • It was always—punctually, inevitably, with the inexorableness of a mechanical law—it was always the wrong thing that struck him.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
  • The inexorableness of Dante is nowhere more dreadful than in the eighth Canto of the Inferno.

  • That doctrine, however, does not go well together with the belief in the universality and inexorableness of suffering.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • He will defend the inexorableness of his reasoning, but the premises may change.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for inexorableness


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 inexorableness



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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