Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impossible to move.
  • adj. Incapable of movement.
  • adj. Impossible to alter: immovable plans.
  • adj. Unyielding in principle, purpose, or adherence; steadfast.
  • adj. Incapable of being moved emotionally.
  • adj. Law Not liable to be removed; permanent: immovable property.
  • n. One that cannot move or be moved.
  • n. Law Property that cannot be moved; real property. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Incapable of being physically moved; fixed.
  • adj. Steadfast in purpose or intention; unalterable, unyielding.
  • adj. Not capable of being affected or moved in feeling; impassive.
  • n. That which can not be moved; something which is immovable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incapable of being moved; firmly fixed; fast; -- used of material things.
  • adj. Steadfast; fixed; unalterable; unchangeable; -- used of the mind or will.
  • adj. Not capable of being affected or moved in feeling or by sympathy; unimpressible; impassive.
  • adj. Not liable to be removed; permanent in place or tenure; fixed. See Immovable, n.
  • n. That which can not be moved.
  • n. Lands and things adherent thereto by nature, as trees; by the hand of man, as buildings and their accessories; by their destination, as seeds, plants, manure, etc.; or by the objects to which they are applied, as servitudes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incapable of being moved or displaced; too heavy or firm to be moved; firmly fixed; fast.
  • Not to be moved from a purpose; steadfast; fixed; that cannot be induced to change or alter: as, a man who remains immovable.
  • Incapable of being altered or shaken; unalterable; unchangeable: as, an immovable purpose or resolution.
  • That cannot be affected; not impressible; impassive; unfeeling.
  • In law, not liable to be removed; permanent in place; real, as distinguished from personal.
  • n. That which cannot be moved; specifically, in law, land, or any appurtenance fixed to or running with the land.
  • n. Also immoveable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not able or intended to be moved
  • n. property consisting of houses and land

Etymologies

From im- +‎ movable. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I must have sat in immovable traffic for an hour thinking to myself that there is no way this city is going to successfully pull off an Olympic Games, until I finally gave up and headed home.

    Happy Canada And Carbon Tax Day « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • Strictly speaking, however, a fief was usually defined as immovable property whose usufruct perpetually conceded to another under the obligation of fealty and personal homage.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • And it turneth no more to this or to that, but it willeth always One, and that is God; to Him it cleaveth alway, without any going back; and therefore is it called immovable, for it suffereth not itself to be moved from God.

    The Following of Christ.

  • But if the earth also moves, the true and absolute motion of the body will arise, partly from the true motion of the earth, in immovable space; partly from the relative motion of the ship on the earth; and if the body moves also relatively in the ship; its true motion will arise, partly from the true motion of the earth, in immovable space, and partly from the relative motions as well of the ship on the earth, as of the body in the ship; and from these relative motions will arise the relative motion of the body on the earth.

    The pre-history of Einstein’s relativity « Skulls in the Stars

  • But for those with the FOX News logo permanently burned into the lower right hand side of their TV screen -- aka the immovable 35 percent -- none of this information meant a thing.

    Adam McKay: And Then There Were Thirty...

  • Immovable if we choose to make them immovable, that is.

    I think it's safe to say. . .

  • And we must acknowledge that as there are two kinds of knowledge, so there are two kinds of being corresponding to them; the one uncreated, indestructible, immovable, which is seen by intelligence only; the other created, which is always becoming in place and vanishing out of place, and is apprehended by opinion and sense.

    Timaeus

  • He speaks of a “nondiscriminatory knowledge” realized in action as “immovable wisdom”: “It [immovable wisdom] moves as the mind is wont to move: forward or back, to the left, to the right, in the ten directions and to the eight points; and the mind that does not stop at all is called immovable wisdom.”

    Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy

  • I spoke to him, and perhaps used many gestures which seemed superfluous to a large man whom I should describe as immovable, and who spoke slowly, with no motion of the hand, as if his utterances were the condensed wisdom of the ages.

    The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

  • 'Being there is none, movable or immovable, which is without me' (X, 39).

    The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Ramanuja — Sacred Books of the East, Volume 48

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