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invulnerable

[in-vuhl-ner-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈvʌl nər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
2.
proof against or immune to attack:
A strong navy made Great Britain invulnerable.
3.
not open to denial or disproof:
an invulnerable argument.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin invulnerābilis. See in-3, vulnerable
Related forms
invulnerability, invulnerableness, noun
invulnerably, adverb
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Examples for invulnerable
  • These make a bicycle almost invulnerable to damage, and usually allow room for clothing and accessories as well.
  • And don't forget that tenure is by no means invulnerable.
  • Many start to believe that they are invulnerable even as their mortal powers begin to fade.
  • My guess is that faculty review committee supported his appeal because he was tenured and hence should be invulnerable.
  • Resilient children are not invulnerable to trauma or immune to suffering.
  • Science is not welcoming to all foregrounds, partly because some foregrounds are simply invulnerable to scientific falsification.
  • Claims that it was designed to be invulnerable are urban myth, he's happy to tell you.
  • When some crackpot snaps and goes to campus with a sackful of guns and ammo, they are the next thing to invulnerable.
  • They seem to teach that technology can make us invulnerable and that war is clean, neat and antiseptic.
  • He hears from a bird that if he bathes in the dragon's blood he will be rendered invulnerable to any enemy's weapons.
British Dictionary definitions for invulnerable

invulnerable

/ɪnˈvʌlnərəbəl; -ˈvʌlnrəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being wounded, hurt, damaged, etc, either physically or emotionally
2.
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
adj.

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

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