[in-awl-ter-uh-buh l]
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Origin of inalterable

First recorded in 1535–45; in-3 + alterable
Related formsin·al·ter·a·bil·i·ty, in·al·ter·a·ble·ness, nounin·al·ter·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for inalterable

Historical Examples of inalterable

  • But he was like a gleaming, bright pebble, something bright and inalterable.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • Under all her illness, persisted a deep, inalterable knowledge.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • In this connection he demonstrated his inalterable opposition to the extension of slavery.

  • The soft, gray lines rose up on each side of her, immemorial, inalterable lines of gentle land.

    The Second Fiddle

    Phyllis Bottome

  • 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


  1. not alterable; unalterable
Derived Formsinalterability or inalterableness, nouninalterably, adverb
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