adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin inviolabilis, from in- + violare to violate Date: 15th century 1. secure from violation or profanation <
an inviolable law
2. secure from assault or trespass ; unassailable <
inviolable borders
inviolability nouninviolableness nouninviolably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • inviolable — [ ɛ̃vjɔlabl ] adj. • 1328; lat. inviolabilis 1 ♦ Qu il n est pas permis de violer, ou d enfreindre. ⇒ intangible, 1. sacré. Droit inviolable et sacré. Asile inviolable. Secret inviolable. « ce lieu qu il avait longtemps considéré comme le plus… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Inviolable — In*vi o*la*ble, a. [L. inviolabilis: cf. F. inviolable. See {Inviolate}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not violable; not susceptible of hurt, wound, or harm (used with respect to either physical or moral damage); not susceptible of being profaned or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inviolable — Inviolable. adj. de tout genre. Qu on ne doit jamais violer, qu on ne doit jamais enfraindre. Les voeux sont inviolables. le droit des gens c est un droit inviolable. un azile inviolable. Il sign. aussi, Qu on ne viole point, qu on n enfraint… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • inviolable — adjetivo 1. Que no se debe o no se puede violar o profanar: secreto inviolable. Este recinto sagrado es inviolable. Las promesas son inviolables …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • inviolable — [in vī′ə lə bəl] adj. [MFr < L inviolabilis] 1. not to be violated; not to be profaned or injured; sacred [an inviolable promise] 2. that cannot be violated; indestructible [the inviolable heavens] inviolability n. inviolably adv …   English World dictionary

  • inviolable — (adj.) mid 15c., from L. inviolabilis inviolable, invulnerable, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + violabilis, from violare to do violence to (see VIOLATION (Cf. violation)). Related: Inviolably …   Etymology dictionary

  • inviolable — index clean, immune, indefeasible, inexpugnable, infrangible, invincible, lawful, private (confidential …   Law dictionary

  • inviolable — inviolate, *sacred, sacrosanct Analogous words: hallowed, consecrated, dedicated (see DEVOTE): *holy, sacred, blessed, divine, religious: pure, *chaste …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inviolable — Inviolable, Inuiolabilis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • inviolable — (Del lat. inviolabĭlis). 1. adj. Que no se debe o no se puede violar (ǁ profanar). 2. Que goza de inviolabilidad …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • inviolable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ never to be infringed or dishonoured. DERIVATIVES inviolability noun inviolably adverb …   English terms dictionary

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