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[ir-i-fran-juh-buh l]
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  1. not to be broken or violated; inviolable: an irrefrangible rule of etiquette.
  2. incapable of being refracted.
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Origin of irrefrangible

First recorded in 1710–20; ir-2 + refrangible
Related formsir·re·fran·gi·bil·i·ty, ir·re·fran·gi·ble·ness, nounir·re·fran·gi·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for irrefrangible


  1. not to be broken or transgressed; inviolable
  2. physics incapable of being refracted
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Derived Formsirrefrangibility or irrefrangibleness, nounirrefrangibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrefrangible


c.1719, "that cannot be broken," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + refrangible.

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