[in-vahy-uh-lit, -leyt]


free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
undisturbed; untouched.
not infringed.

Nearby words

  1. invincibility,
  2. invincible,
  3. invincible armada,
  4. inviolability,
  5. inviolable,
  6. inviscation,
  7. inviscid,
  8. invisibility,
  9. invisible,
  10. invisible balance

Origin of inviolate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin inviolātus unhurt, inviolable. See in-3, violate

Related formsin·vi·o·la·cy [in-vahy-uh-luh-see] /ɪnˈvaɪ ə lə si/, in·vi·o·late·ness, nounin·vi·o·late·ly, adverb

Can be confusedinviolable inviolate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for inviolate



free from violation, injury, disturbance, etc
a less common word for inviolable
Derived Formsinviolacy or inviolateness, nouninviolately, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inviolate



"unbroken, intact," early 15c., from Latin inviolatus "unhurt," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + violatus (see violation).

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