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indefatigable

[in-di-fat-i-guh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.
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Origin of indefatigable

1580–90; < Latin indēfatīgābilis untiring, equivalent to in- in-3 + dēfatīgā(re) to tire out (see de-, fatigue) + -bilis -ble
Related formsin·de·fat·i·ga·bil·i·ty, in·de·fat·i·ga·ble·ness, nounin·de·fat·i·ga·bly, adverb

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tireless, inexhaustible, persevering.
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Examples from the Web for indefatigable

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  • He was as indefatigable in politeness, as his wife had been in her regimental duties.

  • Indefatigable as they were in their labours, they could not command success.

  • Quinn was fearless, daring, indefatigable; but Quinn was not Ferry.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Harvey was as indefatigable a labourer as any we have named.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • He was a man of indefatigable activity, and was constantly on the move.

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    Samuel Smiles


British Dictionary definitions for indefatigable

indefatigable

adjective
  1. unable to be tired out; unflagging
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Derived Formsindefatigability or indefatigableness, nounindefatigably, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin indēfatīgābilis, from in- 1 + dēfatīgāre, from fatīgāre to tire
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Word Origin and History for indefatigable

adj.

1580s (implied in indefatigably), from French indefatigable (15c.), from Latin indefatigabilis "that cannot be wearied," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + defatigare "to tire out," from de- "utterly, down, away" + fatigare "to weary" (see fatigue).

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