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inexorable adj
1 not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood" [syn: grim, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting]
2 not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course; unsusceptible to persuasion; "he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind"; "Cynthia was inexorable; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill; "an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendancy" [syn: adamant, adamantine, intransigent]

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Latin inexorabilis, from in- not + exorare, from ex- + orare pray.


  • IPA/ɪnεksɔræbl/


  1. Unable to be persuaded: relentless
  2. Impossible to stop or prevent: inevitable
  3. Adamant


Unable to be persuaded: relentless
Impossible to stop or prevent: inevitable

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Inevitable derives from the Latin word vitare (to avoid) and the prefix in (meaning not or without). It refers to something that cannot be avoided.


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