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[in-ek-ser-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛk sər ə bəl/
unyielding; unalterable:
inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties:
an inexorable creditor.
Origin of inexorable
From the Latin word inexōrābilis, dating back to 1545-55. See in-3, exorable
Related forms
inexorability, inexorableness, noun
inexorably, adverb
2. unbending; severe, relentless, unrelenting, implacable, merciless, cruel, pitiless. See inflexible.
2. flexible; merciful. Unabridged
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  • The inexorable voice went on in its monotone, as if he had not spoken.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She felt as if she had been caught in an inexorable hand that had closed about her.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Nor was there any appeal from the inexorable logic of his remarks.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • The ticking of the clock emphasized the inexorable silence of the house.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • None but she could open to him, and he knew that, like God himself, Kirsty was inexorable.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for inexorable


not able to be moved by entreaty or persuasion
Derived Forms
inexorability, inexorableness, noun
inexorably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inexōrābilis, from in-1 + exōrābilis, from exōrāre to prevail upon, from ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for inexorable

1550s, from Middle French inexorable and directly from Latin inexorabilis "that cannot be moved by entreaty," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + exorabilis "able to be entreated," from exorare "to prevail upon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + orare "pray" (see orator). Related: Inexorably; inexorability.

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