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invulnerable

[in-vuhl-ner-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
  2. proof against or immune to attack: A strong navy made Great Britain invulnerable.
  3. not open to denial or disproof: an invulnerable argument.
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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
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Examples from the Web for invulnerability

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  • 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.

    Millennium

    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.

    Gladiator

    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

invulnerable

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

n.

1775, from invulnerable + -ity.

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invulnerable

adj.

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

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