[ in-vuhl-ner-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈvʌl nər ə bəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. involved,
  2. involvedly,
  3. involvement,
  4. invt.,
  5. invulnerability,
  6. invultuation,
  7. inwale,
  8. inwall,
  9. inward,
  10. inward dive

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

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British Dictionary definitions for invulnerable


/ (ɪnˈvʌlnərəbəl, -ˈvʌlnrəbəl) /


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 invulnerable



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper