American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Secure from violation or profanation: an inviolable reliquary deep beneath the altar.
- adj. Impregnable to assault or trespass; invincible: fortifications that made the frontier inviolable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not to be violated; having a right to or a guaranty of immunity; that is to be kept free from violence or violation of any kind, as infraction, assault, arrest, invasion, profanation, etc.: as, an inviolable peace or oath; inviolable territory; inviolable sanctity.
- That cannot be violated; not subject to violence; incapable of being injured.
- adj. Not violable; not susceptible of violence, or of being profaned or corrupted; incapable of being injured; not to be infringed or dishonoured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not violable; not susceptible of hurt, wound, or harm (used with respect to either physical or moral damage); not susceptible of being profaned or corrupted; sacred; holy.
- adj. Unviolated; uninjured; undefiled; uncorrupted.
- adj. Not capable of being broken or violated.
- adj. incapable of being transgressed or dishonored
- adj. immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
- adj. not capable of being violated or infringed
- adj. must be kept sacred
- From Latin inviolabilis. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin inviolābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + violāre, to violate; see violate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Once upon a time we could look to our academic institutions to remain inviolable bastions of objectivity, remaining above the fray, guided by the quest for truth and the truth alone.”
“For the political leader the religious doctrines and institutions of his people must always remain inviolable; or else has no right to be in politics, but should become a reformer, if he has what it takes!”
“He kept his word inviolable; was rigorous in the execution of justice; liberal in his gifts; and often merciful to those who offended him.”
“And thus inviolable is the covenant of grace: I have sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, as I have been, and rebuke thee, as I have done.”
“The idea that a tank is "inviolable" - or "invincible" as some newspapers put it - is, in any event, laughable, straight out of the comic books.”
“In this way, Hawley’s goals surpassed those of the Self-Strengthening Movement out of which the C.E.M. had initially sprung and according to which the Chinese mind was, as an essential tenet of that movement, to remain inviolable to external influences.”
“Almost as inviolable, that is, when those who live in it are our friends.”
“Morocco's king once was constitutionally considered sacred but under amendments passed in 2011 in response to pro-democracy protests, his person is now described as "inviolable and respect is due him.”
“But the folks who treat this theory as some kind of inviolable economic law are refusing to look at the empirical data.”
“But the idea that this is some kind of inviolable political rule is just nonsense.”
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