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[in-vahy-uh-luh-buh l] /ɪnˈvaɪ ə lə bəl/
prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration:
an inviolable sanctuary; an inviolable promise.
incapable of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable:
inviolable secrecy.
Origin of inviolable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inviolābilis. See in-3, violable
Related forms
inviolability, inviolableness, noun
inviolably, adverb
Can be confused
inviolable, inviolate. Unabridged
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  • IT is reaffirming to reflect on teaching as a noble profession and on the relationship between teacher and student as inviolable.
  • Because the childless have no equally virtuous and inviolable excuse, and their arms can be more easily twisted.
  • Such companies frequently bleat that personal data is secure and inviolable.
  • City limits, property lines and state borders appear clear and inviolable on a map.
  • Benefits for existing workers were considered inviolable.
  • The right to our day in court should be among the inviolable.
  • Emerging alone from that inviolable fortress city, the children must have felt their smallness beneath the vast open sky.
  • Among units that endure, it is a pledge more inviolable than law.
  • Its inviolable belief in the essential goodness of our countrymen.
  • Experience has shown, over and over again, that certain trends are virtually inviolable.
British Dictionary definitions for inviolable


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 inviolable

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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