[in-vuhl-ner-uh-buh l]


incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
proof against or immune to attack: A strong navy made Great Britain invulnerable.
not open to denial or disproof: an invulnerable argument.

Origin of invulnerable

From the Latin word invulnerābilis, dating back to 1585–95. See in-3, vulnerable
Related formsin·vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty, in·vul·ner·a·ble·ness, nounin·vul·ner·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for invulnerability

Contemporary Examples of invulnerability

  • By eluding justice after his first attacks on America in 1998, bin Laden created a mystique of invulnerability.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Who Was Hiding bin Laden?

    Bruce Riedel

    May 2, 2011

Historical Examples of invulnerability

  • Have I not also the coins of invulnerability bound in the flesh and blood of my arm?'

  • The hand weapon held by Konar would destroy his invulnerability.


    Everett B. Cole

  • To what cause can the invulnerability of the explosive matter be due?

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion

  • Hugo perceived that his invulnerability was to stand him in stead no longer.


    Philip Wylie

  • As it was, however, it only confirmed the Boxers in their belief in their invulnerability.

    With the Allies to Pekin

    George Alfred Henty

British Dictionary definitions for invulnerability



incapable of being wounded, hurt, damaged, etc, either physically or emotionally
incapable of being damaged or capturedan invulnerable fortress
Derived Formsinvulnerability or invulnerableness, nouninvulnerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invulnerability

1775, from invulnerable + -ity.



1590s, from Latin invulnerabilis "invulnerable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + vulnerabilis (see vulnerable). Related: Invulnerably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper