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inviolable

[in-vahy-uh-luh-buh l] /ɪnˈvaɪ ə lə bəl/
adjective
1.
prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration:
an inviolable sanctuary; an inviolable promise.
2.
incapable of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable:
inviolable secrecy.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inviolābilis. See in-3, violable
Related forms
inviolability, inviolableness, noun
inviolably, adverb
Can be confused
inviolable, inviolate.
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  • Part of what makes a nation sovereign is territorial integrity and border inviolability.
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British Dictionary definitions for inviolability

inviolable

/ɪnˈvaɪələbəl/
adjective
1.
that must not or cannot be transgressed, dishonoured, or broken; to be kept sacred: an inviolable oath
Derived Forms
inviolability, inviolableness, noun
inviolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inviolability
n.

1793, from inviolable + -ity.

inviolable

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin inviolabilis "inviolable, invulnerable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + violabilis, from violare "to do violence to" (see violation). Related: Inviolably.

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