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[in-vuhl-ner-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈvʌl nər ə bəl/
incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
proof against or immune to attack:
A strong navy made Great Britain invulnerable.
not open to denial or disproof:
an invulnerable argument.
Origin of invulnerable
From the Latin word invulnerābilis, dating back to 1585-95. See in-3, vulnerable
Related forms
invulnerability, invulnerableness, noun
invulnerably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Have I not also the coins of invulnerability bound in the flesh and blood of my arm?'

  • The hand weapon held by Konar would destroy his invulnerability.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • To what cause can the invulnerability of the explosive matter be due?

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion
  • Hugo perceived that his invulnerability was to stand him in stead no longer.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • As it was, however, it only confirmed the Boxers in their belief in their invulnerability.

    With the Allies to Pekin George Alfred Henty
  • Let us nip his complacent sense of invulnerability in the bud.

  • But, above all, he must keep up his character for invulnerability.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • There was some reason for the Ring's faith in its invulnerability.

    The Boss and the Machine Samuel P. Orth
  • The Keokuk was built by a gentleman who had full faith in her invulnerability.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for invulnerability


/ɪnˈvʌlnərəbəl; -ˈvʌlnrəbəl/
incapable of being wounded, hurt, damaged, etc, either physically or emotionally
incapable of being damaged or captured: an invulnerable fortress
Derived Forms
invulnerability, invulnerableness, noun
invulnerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invulnerability

1775, from invulnerable + -ity.



1590s, from Latin invulnerabilis "invulnerable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + vulnerabilis (see vulnerable). Related: Invulnerably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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