inviolable

[ in-vahy-uh-luh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈvaɪ ə lə bəl /

adjective

prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration: an inviolable sanctuary; an inviolable promise.
incapable of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable: inviolable secrecy.

Origin of inviolable

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word inviolābilis. See in-3, violable

Related forms

in·vi·o·la·bil·i·ty, in·vi·o·la·ble·ness, nounin·vi·o·la·bly, adverb

Can be confused

inviolable inviolate
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British Dictionary definitions for inviolable

inviolable

/ (ɪnˈvaɪələbəl) /

adjective

that must not or cannot be transgressed, dishonoured, or broken; to be kept sacredan inviolable oath

Derived Forms

inviolability or inviolableness, nouninviolably, adverb
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