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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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  • I should say they'd give you a miss in baulk, for they must believe you invulnerable.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • It's our one weakness—the one Achilles heel in a m-machine that was meant to be invulnerable.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • Or was she protected by a real indifference to him—the strongest, indeed the only invulnerable armor a woman can wear?

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • "Oh, I don't know that you're invulnerable," she said, with a toss of her head.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • I was struck by the pleasant equality which reigned among the stage company, and their broad and invulnerable good-humor.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
British Dictionary definitions for invulnerable


/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 invulnerable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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