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inexorable

[in-ek-ser-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛk sər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
unyielding; unalterable:
inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
2.
not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties:
an inexorable creditor.
Origin of inexorable
1545-1555
From the Latin word inexōrābilis, dating back to 1545-55. See in-3, exorable
Related forms
inexorability, inexorableness, noun
inexorably, adverb
Synonyms
2. unbending; severe, relentless, unrelenting, implacable, merciless, cruel, pitiless. See inflexible.
Antonyms
2. flexible; merciful.
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  • "You knew rightly he wouldn't have liked it," John continued, inexorably.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • These were the ideas, the ideas of his family, and his church, which held him inexorably.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The world-evolution uses us inexorably, either for light or for fuel.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • He put his question desperately, knowing how inexorably it committed him.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Out of control, with the Moon-gravity pulling us inexorably down!

British Dictionary definitions for inexorably

inexorable

/ɪnˈɛksərəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be moved by entreaty or persuasion
2.
relentless
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 inexorably

inexorable

adj.

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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