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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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  • If he were right, then the person of the Jarados would be inviolable.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • I must instruct you in the laws they observe in their cups; laws sacred and inviolable.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • They fear no judgments or executions, but live as inviolable as if their persons were sacred.

  • She had thought that people's private belongings, like their persons, were inviolable.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • Lady Chiltern, however, always declared that her secrecy on the matter had always been inviolable.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • Because he is a representative, because he is inviolable, because he is consecrated by the votes of the people.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • The inviolable decrees of the councils, too, were on his side.

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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