[ in-awl-ter-uh-buhl ]
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Origin of inalterable

First recorded in 1535–45; in-3 + alterable

Other words from inalterable

  • in·al·ter·a·bil·i·ty, in·al·ter·a·ble·ness, noun
  • in·al·ter·a·bly, adverb

Words Nearby inalterable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inalterable in a sentence

  • Its chief use at present is for making the inalterable nibs of the so-named rhodium pens.

  • She wanted him to remain a changeless type, tolerant of alteration, but in itself inalterable.

    Franklin Kane | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Month after month, the appearance of the magazine was punctual, inalterable as the courses of the moon.

    The Creators | May Sinclair
  • There must be no court, no gang, no traditional inalterable tribunal.

    Mankind in the Making | H. G. Wells
  • Is it your opinion that men's acts proceed from one central and unchanging and inalterable impulse, or from a variety of impulses?

    What Is Man? And Other Stories | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for inalterable


/ (ɪnˈɔːltərəbəl) /

  1. not alterable; unalterable

Derived forms of inalterable

  • inalterability or inalterableness, noun
  • inalterably, adverb

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