[ in-vahy-uh-luh-buhl ]
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  1. prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration: an inviolable sanctuary;an inviolable promise.

  2. incapable of being violated; impregnable; unassailable: inviolable secrecy.

Origin of inviolable

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

Other words from inviolable

  • in·vi·o·la·bil·i·ty [in-vahy-uh-luh-bil-i-tee] /ɪnˌvaɪ ə ləˈbɪl ɪ ti/ Rare, in·vi·o·la·ble·ness, noun
  • in·vi·o·la·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with inviolable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inviolable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inviolable


/ (ɪnˈvaɪələbəl) /

  1. that must not or cannot be transgressed, dishonoured, or broken; to be kept sacred: an inviolable oath

Derived forms of inviolable

  • inviolability or inviolableness, noun
  • inviolably, adverb

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