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unassailable

[uhn-uh-sey-luh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈseɪ lə bəl/
adjective
1.
not open to attack or assault, as by military force or argument:
unassailable fortifications; unassailable logic.
2.
not subject to denial or dispute:
Shakespeare's genius gives his works an unassailable position in world literature.
Origin of unassailable
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-1 + assailable
Related forms
unassailability, unassailableness, noun
unassailably, adverb
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  • To be behind it is an unassailable patent of respectability.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • "You're just about as satisfying to talk to as a stump," she paid tribute to his unassailable calm.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Burton's exalted position, however, as ethnologist and anthropologist, is unassailable.

  • That your communion was unassailable, would not prove that mine was indefensible.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • In his previous, always professional, meetings with criminals his position had been that of unassailable dominance.

British Dictionary definitions for unassailable

unassailable

/ˌʌnəˈseɪləbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be attacked
2.
undeniable or irrefutable
Derived Forms
unassailableness, noun
unassailably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unassailable
adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + assailable (see assail). Related: Unassailably.

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