• (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈɛksɔɹəbəl/, /ɪnˈɛksɹəb(ə)l/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪˈnɛksɚəb(ə)l/


  1. Impossible to prevent or stop#Verb|stop; inevitable. [from mid 16th c.]
    Synonyms: implacable, ineluctable, inescapable, unpreventable, unrelenting, unstoppable, Thesaurus:inevitable
    Antonyms: exorable
    • 1862, Victor Hugo, “The Depths of Despair”, in Cha[rle]s E[dwin] Wilbour, transl., Les Misérables. Fantine. A Novel. Translated from the Original French, volume I, New York, N.Y.: [George W.] Carleton, publisher, […], OCLC 1007115870 ↗, book 2, [;view=1up;seq=64 page 58], column 2:
      All this, laws, prejudices, acts, men, things, went and came above him, according to the complicated and mysterious movement that God impresses upon civilization, marching over him and crushing him with an indescribably tranquil cruelty and inexorable indifference.
  2. Unable to be persuaded; relentless; unrelenting. [from mid 16th c.]
    Antonyms: exorable
    • 1759, William Robertson, “Book VIII”, in The History of Scotland, during the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI, till His Accession to the Crown of England. […] In Two Volumes, volume II, London: Printed for A[ndrew] Millar […], OCLC 723464553 ↗, [;view=1up;seq=211 pages 202–203]:
      Armed with the authority of theſe decrees, James [VI and I] reſolved to cruſh entirely the mutinous ſpirit of his ſubjects. […] The King continued inexorable, the city was declared to have forfeited its privileges as a Corporation, and to be liable to all the penalties of treaſon.
  3. Adamant; severe.
    Antonyms: exorable
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