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[in-vuhl-ner-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈvʌl nər ə bəl/
incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
proof against or immune to attack:
A strong navy made Great Britain invulnerable.
not open to denial or disproof:
an invulnerable argument.
Origin of invulnerable
1585-95; < Latin invulnerābilis. See in-3, vulnerable
Related forms
invulnerability, invulnerableness, noun
invulnerably, adverb Unabridged
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  • She must above all retain for that possible day her most charming tranquillity, all her invulnerability, all her inviolability.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • The hand weapon held by Konar would destroy his invulnerability.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • As an instance we may take his invulnerability, a feature which is peculiar to the German version of the story.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • To what cause can the invulnerability of the explosive matter be due?

    Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion
  • In such circumstances, to the tired soldier-mind the pursuing enemy becomes in time invested with a species of invulnerability.

    The First Seven Divisions Ernest W. Hamilton
  • Hugo perceived that his invulnerability was to stand him in stead no longer.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • The old superstition as to his invulnerability had never more thoroughly possessed the imaginations of his adherents.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • Let us nip his complacent sense of invulnerability in the bud.

  • We must give serious thought to our obsession with invulnerability, easy to conceptualize and express in language.

British Dictionary definitions for invulnerability


/ɪnˈvʌlnərəbəl; -ˈvʌlnrəbəl/
incapable of being wounded, hurt, damaged, etc, either physically or emotionally
incapable of being damaged or captured: an invulnerable fortress
Derived Forms
invulnerability, invulnerableness, noun
invulnerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invulnerability

1775, from invulnerable + -ity.



1590s, from Latin invulnerabilis "invulnerable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + vulnerabilis (see vulnerable). Related: Invulnerably.

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