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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 the issue is all the time being slowly and inexorably decided.

    Fields of Victory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The world-evolution uses us inexorably, either for light or for fuel.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • Slowly, inexorably, without wasting a word or a second, he told the School what had happened.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • It is the voice, inexorably scornful, of the Great White Land.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • He tried to raise her chin that his lips might put the seal of frailty upon hers, but she resisted him firmly, inexorably.

    The Hills of Refuge Will N. Harben
British Dictionary definitions for inexorably


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 inexorably



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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