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[in-vahy-uh-luh-buh l] /ɪnˈvaɪ ə lə bəl/
prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration:
an inviolable sanctuary; an inviolable promise.
incapable of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable:
inviolable secrecy.
Origin of inviolable
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word inviolābilis. See in-3, violable
Related forms
inviolability, inviolableness, noun
inviolably, adverb
Can be confused
inviolable, inviolate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She hoped to catch the voice of her uncle: but all was inviolably still.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • But for the secret of the lagoon the papers had to wait, since it had been inviolably kept.

    The Relentless City Edward Frederic Benson
  • Don't you know that the secrets of the confessional are inviolably sacred?

  • Why, it should be a temple, inviolably dedicated to its peculiar god.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Dear Cousin Witwoud, get him away, and you will bind me to you inviolably.

    The Way of the World William Congreve
  • "Most infallibly, and most inviolably," replied Sir Frederick.

    The Black Dwarf Sir Walter Scott
  • Thus the Cherokee people are inviolably allied with their white brethren of the United States in war and friends in peace.

  • Holiness as an attribute of the Divine Being is His pure and inviolably self-contained personality in its absolute perfection.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
British Dictionary definitions for inviolably


that must not or cannot be transgressed, dishonoured, or broken; to be kept sacred: an inviolable oath
Derived Forms
inviolability, inviolableness, noun
inviolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inviolably



mid-15c., from Latin inviolabilis "inviolable, invulnerable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + violabilis, from violare "to do violence to" (see violation). Related: Inviolably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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