• WordNet 3.6
    • n inexorability mercilessness characterized by an unwillingness to relent or let up "the relentlessness or their pursuit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inexorability The quality of being inexorable, or unyielding to entreaty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inexorability The character or quality of being inexorable or unyielding to entreaty.
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  • Henry Ford
    “He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”
  • H.G. Wells
    “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.”
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    “Lifestyles and sex roles are passed from parents to children as inexorably as blue eyes or small feet.”
  • W.P. Kinsella
    W.P. Kinsella
    “Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inexorabilitas,: cf. F. inexorabilité,


In literature:

It is a menace proceeding from a mouth half open and strangely inexorable.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
They submitted with a secret repugnance to the mysterious and supreme bond which kept the sexes inexorably together.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
We cannot change conditions that are as inexorable as death itself.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Afterward, the inexorable logic of facts proved too strong, even for his unsuspecting soul.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
There is still hope; my uncle is not inexorable, and his compassionate heart must yield to my despair.
"The Poor Gentleman" by Hendrik Conscience
At all events, the result was in both cases equally inexorable.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Slowly but inexorably the full significance of Marshall's words dawned on the judge.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
The invalid approached him with an inexorable countenance.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
Speculation however is useless, for an inexorable fate raised other issues.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
But Ferdinand, as firm and inexorable in adversity as in prosperity, bowed not before disaster.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
But she was inexorable, though perfectly gentle in her manner.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
But, as Waring justly observes, the society to which you belong is inexorable in its rules for a woman.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
Thus, inexorably, the chase drew near.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
Pell went on, inexorably.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
He thought of a woman's pulse, strong, regular, inexorable.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Ben likewise sat down, but his eyes were inexorable.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Major Bach, flushed with the success of his first speeding-up tactics, grew more and more inexorable in this connection.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
That was a material factor as inexorable as death.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Nicanor barred his passage, silent and inexorable.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
In his demands he was always inexorable.
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

The Mountains
What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far,
Find you a bourne to ease your burdened breast,
But throughout time inexorable are
Never at rest?
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
And yet—and yet—ah, who understands?
We men and women are complex things!
A hundred tunes Fate's inexorable hands
May play on the sensitive soul-strings.
"In a Minor Key" by Amy Levy
But he that with a slackened will
Dreams of things past or things to be,
From him the charm is slipping still,
And drops, ere he suspect the ill,
Into the inexorable sea.
"Birthday Verses" by James Russell Lowell
Who hath beheld the goddess face to face,
Blind with her beauty, all his days shall go
Climbing lone mountains towards her temple's place,
Weighed with song's sweet, inexorable woe.
"Poetry" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Here is neither haste, nor hate, nor anger," peal the Trumpets,
"Pardon for his penitence or pity for his fall.
"It is the King!"—inexorable Trumpets—
(Trumpets round the scaffold af the dawning by Whitehall!)
"The Old Issue" by Rudyard Kipling
And now, one stride behind thee, and too late,
Yet true to all that reason cannot kill,
I stand before the inexorable gate
And see thy latest footstep on the sill,
And know thou canst not come, but watch and wait thee still.
"A Hero's Grave" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

When Eliot Spitzer was governor he talked about the "perfect storm of unaffordability" that was inexorably chugging its way toward the state and local governments.
But the more the Basques indulge their sentimental devotion to the past, the more they are being absorbed inexorably into the modern world.
In the inexorable rebirth of ground zero, it is at last the season for the masters of bronze and stone.
In his last several years on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall could only watch as the ideological ground shifted inexorably away, leaving him isolated on most of the issues that imbue people with passion.
HBO drama 'Sunset Limited' stays inexorably on track.
I am inexorably drawn to stories about people who make smart decisions, especially athletes who view sports as a path to a better life.
Mauricio Rua does not view light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as an inexorable force, even after their encounter at UFC 128 ended in his one-sided defeat.
When Eliot Spitzer was governor he talked about the "perfect storm of unaffordability" that was inexorably chugging its way toward the state and local government.
The November elections had many lessons, not the least of which is the inexorable march toward its unplanned obsolescence by the Republican Party.
The US government debt is rising inexorably, according to the conventional wisdom in Washington, and the political system is too paralyzed to take unpopular actions to rein it in.
The heat is startling, inexorable and impossible to escape, and it all starts with Roberts.
But I sense the default mode of viewing will inexorably shift'.
My imperfect understanding of Alzheimer's disease is that it is the slow, inexorable winnowing of memories, the body persisting as a vital part of the soul disappears.
Biophysicist and open-science fan Stephen Curry, in The inexorable rise of open access scientific publishing, at The Guardian, notes that the move to open science is speeding up a wee faster than many people expected or even realize.
Rod Stewart's ever-metastasizing catalog of standards is now hurtling inexorably toward its sixth CD.

In science:

In fact, different experimentally checked devices which are inexorably interpreted in terms of quantum-mechanically governed phenomena, have shown the existence and properties of negative temperatures.
Lorentzian wormholes generalizes thermodynamics still further
That is the case of the inspiralling compact binary, the final stage of evolution of systems like the binary pulsar, in which the loss of energy to gravitational waves has brought the binary to an inexorable spiral toward a final merger.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
There are strong scientific reasons to believe that they really exist, because Maxwell's equations, when coupled to inverted atomic media, lead inexorably to tachyon-like solutions.
On a heuristic point regarding the origin of tachyons and a revamped definition for them
In the very long term, of course, annual cycles (aka weather), longer ones from the Earth’s orbit (Milankovitch), and effects of living creatures will all give way to the inexorable brightening of the sun (Huybers and Curry 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
This inexorable growth and the increasing costs to libraries for acquisition and shelving were driving forces behind the eventual conversion to online publication and subscriptions.
Editorial: Physical Review C in its Fortieth Year
The name Ernest Henley to me is inexorably linked with the idea of symmetry tests.
Symmetry Tests and Standard Model Backgrounds
Although in these notes we will not enter these interesting thermal aspects, it should be emphasized that thermality (similar to the concept of virtual particle clouds) is an inexorable aspect of localization in LQP and does not need the Hawking type of Killing vector horizons.
Basic Quantum Theory and Measurement from the Viewpoint of Local Quantum Physics
The implications for the extragalactic distance scale are inexorably linked and noted in Section 3.
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud
The resulting local net structure on the lightfront is very interesting, because the inexorable vacuum fluctuations of QFT have all been compressed into the longitudinal lightray direction whereas there are none in the transverse direction.
The power of AQFT: the area law for entropy of localized quantum matter