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  1. unyielding; unalterable: inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
  2. not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties: an inexorable creditor.
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Origin of inexorable

From the Latin word inexōrābilis, dating back to 1545–55. See in-3, exorable
Related formsin·ex·o·ra·bil·i·ty, in·ex·o·ra·ble·ness, nounin·ex·o·ra·bly, adverb


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Historical Examples

  • It seems to have the quality of inexorableness that duty has.

    The World I Live In

    Helen Keller

  • She would have exulted in making them feel his inexorableness.

    The Narrow House

    Evelyn Scott

  • The inexorableness of a great will was present in the room as an actual thing.

  • And then, in a sudden flash of illumination, he saw precisely wherein that sense of inexorableness lay.

  • That doctrine, however, does not go well together with the belief in the universality and inexorableness of suffering.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

British Dictionary definitions for inexorableness


  1. not able to be moved by entreaty or persuasion
  2. relentless
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Derived Formsinexorability or inexorableness, nouninexorably, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin inexōrābilis, from in- 1 + exōrābilis, from exōrāre to prevail upon, from ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for inexorableness



1550s, from Middle French inexorable and directly from Latin inexorabilis "that cannot be moved by entreaty," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + exorabilis "able to be entreated," from exorare "to prevail upon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + orare "pray" (see orator). Related: Inexorably; inexorability.

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