[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

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Contemporary Examples of invulnerable

Historical Examples of invulnerable

  • Yet the old man's confidence in the young man's acumen was invulnerable.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The darts of calamity may assail her on every side, but she is invulnerable to them all.


    William Godwin

  • But for himself, it was clear, he was prepared at all points and invulnerable.

  • Since you'll be made of my thoughts, you'll be invulnerable.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • It's our one weakness—the one Achilles heel in a m-machine that was meant to be invulnerable.

    The Stutterer

    R.R. Merliss

British Dictionary definitions for invulnerable



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