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[in-vahy-uh-lit, -leyt]
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  1. free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
  2. undisturbed; untouched.
  3. unbroken.
  4. not infringed.
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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
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Related Words for inviolate

good, decent, honest, clean, fresh, true, sacrosanct, safe, mature, sound, solid, mint, blameless, celibate, continent, exemplary, guileless, immaculate, inculpable, innocent

British Dictionary definitions for inviolate


  1. free from violation, injury, disturbance, etc
  2. a less common word for inviolable
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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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