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immovable

or im·move·a·ble

[ih-moo-vuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being moved; fixed; stationary.
  2. incapable of being influenced by feeling; emotionless: an immovable heart; an immovable tyrant.
  3. incapable of being moved from one's purpose, opinion, etc.; steadfast; unyielding.
  4. not subject to change; unalterable.
  5. not moving; motionless.
  6. Law.
    1. not liable to be removed, or permanent in place.
    2. (of property) real, as distinguished from personal.
  7. not changing from one date to another in different years: Christmas is an immovable feast.
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noun
  1. something immovable.
  2. immovables, Law. lands and the appurtenances thereof, as trees and buildings.
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Origin of immovable

1325–75; Middle English immevable, immovable; see im-2, movable
Related formsim·mov·a·bil·i·ty, im·mov·a·ble·ness, nounim·mov·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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3. obdurate, inflexible, unbending, adamant.
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Examples from the Web for immovability

Historical Examples

  • And he could see that the Admiral had not this immovability.

    The Admiral

    Douglas Sladen

  • Use his own language, and there is either no penetration, or there is no immovability.

  • The greater this height, the greater will be the immovability of the mass.

  • I saw with fear its immovability to the struggles of our handful of people.

    Under the Prophet in Utah

    Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins

  • There was something touching in the immovability with which he accepted the situation.

    Saddle and Mocassin

    Francis Francis Jr.


British Dictionary definitions for immovability

immovable

immoveable

adjective
  1. unable to move or be moved; fixed; immobile
  2. unable to be diverted from one's intentions; steadfast
  3. unaffected by feeling; impassive
  4. unchanging; unalterable
  5. (of feasts, holidays, etc) occurring on the same date every year
  6. law
    1. (of property) not liable to be removed; fixed
    2. of or relating to immoveablesCompare movable
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Derived Formsimmovability, immoveability, immovableness or immoveableness, nounimmovably or immoveably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immovability

n.

late 14c.; see immovable + -ity.

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immovable

adj.

late 14c., literal and figurative, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + movable. Related: Immovably.

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