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[in-vahy-uh-lit, -leyt] /ɪnˈvaɪ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
undisturbed; untouched.
not infringed.
Origin of inviolate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin inviolātus unhurt, inviolable. See in-3, violate
Related forms
[in-vahy-uh-luh-see] /ɪnˈvaɪ ə lə si/ (Show IPA),
inviolateness, noun
inviolately, adverb
Can be confused
inviolable, inviolate. Unabridged
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  • His is liberty understood as solitude and, more coldly, as inviolate isolation.
  • The inviolate law of cheap flights makes it virtually impossible to bring sanity to the system.
  • Peaceable citizens will be held inviolate in the persons of themselves, their families and servants.
  • The executive branch's duty to defend federal laws is not inviolate.
  • Ironically, only the imagination can keep the truth inviolate.
  • The welfare bill may seem huge, but much of it is in effect inviolate.
  • The inviolate spirit turns their spite against the wrongdoers.
  • Only the sequence of the words must remain inviolate.
  • The restorer was not alone in lacking the special comprehension needed to retain cubist textural values inviolate.
  • The purpose of the unit is to serve as an inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds.
British Dictionary definitions for inviolate


/ɪnˈvaɪəlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
free from violation, injury, disturbance, etc
a less common word for inviolable
Derived Forms
inviolacy, inviolateness, noun
inviolately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inviolate

"unbroken, intact," early 15c., from Latin inviolatus "unhurt," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + violatus (see violation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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