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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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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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