Definitions

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

  • adj. Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless: an inexorable opponent; a feeling of inexorable doom. See Synonyms at inflexible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unable to be persuaded; relentless; unrelenting
  • adj. Impossible to stop or prevent; inevitable
  • adj. Adamant; severe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; firm; determined; unyielding; unchangeable; inflexible; relentless; -- of people and impersonal forces

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; unyielding; unrelenting: as, an inexorable creditor; inexorable law.
  • Synonyms Inexorable, Unrelenting, Relentless, Implacable; immovable. Inexorable, literally not to be moved or changed by prayer or petition, expresses an immovable firmness in refusing to do what one is entreated to do, whether that be good or bad; it is also used figuratively: as, inexorable death, time, fate. The other three words apply to feeling, which is generally bad, but unrelenting and relentless may by figure apply also to action: as, an unrelenting pursuit; a relentless massacre. Implacable applies wholly to feeling, meaning unappeasable, and in this use is the strongest of the three; it goes with such strong words as animosity and resentment.

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

  • adj. impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
  • adj. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

Etymologies

Latin inexōrābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + exōrābilis, pliant (from exōrāre, to prevail upon : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + ōrāre, to argue).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inexorabilis, from in- ("not") + exorabilis ("that may be moved or persuaded by entreaty"), from exorare ("to move by entreaty, to gain by entreaty"), from ex ("out") + orare ("to pray"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With newspapers and magazines in inexorable decline, with one major TV network that has declared itself to be the communications arm of the rightwing, and the others under corporate control, and with the population under 30 getting most of their "news" online anyhow, ending net neutrality will not end the principle of free speech, but it will certainly diminish its value and rig the "market place of ideas".

    Paul Abrams: Getting Out the Youth Vote: Tell Them What Republican Plans to End Net Neutrality Will Feel Like

  • By Mixner logic though, this still means that car ownership is in inexorable decline.

    Matthew Yglesias » The American Urban Paradox

  • Mogul, Sikh, and British conquerors, and then the new state of Pakistan, had all rearranged borders, but the river still expressed a certain inexorable logic — evinced by the resentment that the Pashtoons of the North-West Frontier on one bank felt for the more settled Punjabis on the other.

    The Lawless Frontier

  • There are certain inexorable prerequisites for the economic health of a nation and Canada is no exception to their application.

    What to do till Benson comes: or White Paper Ju Jitsu

  • A study of the race's literature will reveal the replacement of these, in inexorable sequence, by the running metaphor, the clause metaphor, the phrase metaphor, the compound-word metaphor, and, lastly, the word metaphor.

    Phenomena of Literary Evolution

  • As a number of scientists, philosophers and futurists have recently argued, there is mounting evidence in support of the suggestion that these historical episodes are symptomatic of a larger developmental trend, namely the inexorable and steady advancement of intelligence.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • In these poems, as well as in many epistles to different persons, he bewails his unhappy situation, and deprecates in the strongest terms the inexorable displeasure of Augustus.

    The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 02: Augustus

  • When Koheleth wishes to express the idea of inexorable law, or Fate, he has recourse to the notion of God.

    The Sceptics of the Old Testament: Job - Koheleth - Agur

  • This is the source of a splendid and delicate purity of heart, a respect for others and for self, of an indescribably keen sense of right and wrong, a wide charity, together with a justice so stern that it might well be called inexorable, and lastly, a perfect hatred of lies and of all the vices comprised by falsehood.

    The Country Doctor

  • I can't tell you the "story" -- nor even any part of it, since it builds from the first moment with a kind of inexorable singularity of purpose -- except to say that what we see is a man beside the coffin of his wife, telling the story of their life together.

    Peter Clothier: Wrecks: A Theater Review

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  • The funny thing is that inexorable is something that you can not stop. To be adamant is to be feel so strongly about something that you can not stop that person. A person can be adamant about soccer which would make it inexorable to go to a game very late at night.

    July 29, 2013