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Definition of "inviolable" []

  • Secure from violation or profanation: an inviolable reliquary deep beneath the altar. (adjective)
  • Impregnable to assault or trespass; invincible: fortifications that made the frontier inviolable. (adjective)
  • That must not or cannot be transgressed, dishonoured, or broken; to be kept sacred (adjective)

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Use "inviolable" in a sentence
  • "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."