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[in-ik-spuhg-nuh-buh l]
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  1. incapable of being taken by force; impregnable; unconquerable.
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Origin of inexpugnable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin inexpugnābilis, equivalent to in- in-3 + expugnābilis (expugnā(re) to take by storm (ex- ex-1 + pugnāre to fight) + -bilis -ble)
Related formsin·ex·pug·na·bil·i·ty, in·ex·pug·na·ble·ness, nounin·ex·pug·na·bly, adverb
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Related Words for inexpugnable

impregnable, indomitable, innate, insuperable, intractable, invincible, invulnerable, irrepressible, resistant, secure, unbeatable, unyielding, unsurpassable, indefeasible, inexpugnable

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Historical Examples of inexpugnable

  • But where were they all when my inexpugnable honour was calumniated and betrayed?

    The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 4 (of 4)

    Jane Porter

  • Here is the inexpugnable element of truth in the intuitional theory.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

  • Hence the conservative, inexpugnable character of Magic and its easy alliance with Mysticism.

  • She should have made for herself a shelter of inexpugnable peace out of that honest affection.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • This is the practical side of art: its inexpugnable fortress for the true practitioner.

    Across the Plains

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for inexpugnable


  1. a rare word for impregnable 1
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Derived Formsinexpugnability or inexpugnableness, nouninexpugnably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpugnable


late 15c., from Latin inexpugnabilis "not to be taken by assault," from in- "not" (see in- (1) + expuglabilis, from expugnare (see expugn).

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