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Origin of indomitable

1625–35; < Late Latin indomitābilis < Latin indomit(us) untamed (in- in-3 + domitus, past participle of domāre to subdue, tame, bring under control) + -ābilis -able; compare Latin indomābilis
Related formsin·dom·i·ta·bil·i·ty, in·dom·i·ta·ble·ness, nounin·dom·i·ta·bly, adverb

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Historical Examples of indomitably

  • Never had he seen a small creature so indomitably determined.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • Surely that only meant that it was indomitably sound and sane.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • The ranger's voice was soft and drawling, but his eyes were indomitably steady.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • They are, in fact, indomitably fierce and utterly self-regarding.

    Domesticated Animals

    Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

  • "Not after sides had been taken and candidates chosen," declared Jane indomitably.

    Jane Allen: Center

    Edith Bancroft

British Dictionary definitions for indomitably


  1. (of courage, pride, etc) difficult or impossible to defeat or subdue
Derived Formsindomitability or indomitableness, nounindomitably, adverb

Word Origin for indomitable

C17: from Late Latin indomitābilis, from Latin indomitus untamable, from in- 1 + domitus subdued, from domāre to tame
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Word Origin and History for indomitably



1630s, from Late Latin indomitabilis "untameable," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + *domitabilis, from Latin domitare, frequentative of domare "to tame" (see tame). Related: Indomitably.

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