inviolable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inviolable not capable of being violated or infringed "infrangible human rights"
    • adj inviolable must be kept sacred
    • adj inviolable incapable of being transgressed or dishonored "the person of the king is inviolable","an inviolable oath"
    • adj inviolable immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with "an impregnable fortress","fortifications that made the frontier inviolable","a secure telephone connection"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inviolable Not capable of being broken or violated; as, an inviolable covenant, agreement, promise, or vow. "Their almighty Maker first ordained
      And bound them with inviolable bands."
      "And keep our faiths firm and inviolable ."
    • Inviolable Not violable; not susceptible of hurt, wound, or harm (used with respect to either physical or moral damage); not susceptible of being profaned or corrupted; sacred; holy; as, inviolable honor or chastity; an inviolable shrine. "He tried a third, a tough, well-chosen spear,
      The inviolable body stood sincere."
    • Inviolable Unviolated; uninjured; undefiled; uncorrupted. "For thou, be sure, shalt give account
      To him who sent us, whose charge is to keep
      This place inviolable , and these from harm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inviolable Not to be violated; having a right to or a guaranty of immunity; that is to be kept free from violence or violation of any kind, as infraction, assault, arrest, invasion, profanation, etc.: as, an inviolable peace or oath; inviolable territory; inviolable sanctity.
    • inviolable That cannot be violated; not subject to violence; incapable of being injured.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inviolable in-vī′ōl-a-bl that cannot be profaned: that cannot be injured
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inviolabilis,: cf. F. inviolable,. See Inviolate (a.)

Usage

In literature:

The unapproachable elegance, the inviolable security, have witnessed invasion.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The inviolate spirit turns their spite against the wrongdoers.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
If I could live life over I would take the same total-abstinence pledge I took fifty years ago and have kept inviolate to this day.
"Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures" by George W. Bain
The matter here was to keep it inviolate, but also to preserve a father.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
There is a certain respect for the inviolate privacy of a jury-room.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
Its decree is inviolable.
"Sunrise" by William Black
How seldom is it inviolate!
"Letters of a Soldier" by Anonymous
On the other hand, when once such a marriage-contract had been drawn up, its inviolability was stringently secured.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
In the temple he was inviolable; but at large, that was a different matter.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
But soon or late, when the moment comes, I wake, I rouse, I see my inviolate desolations invaded.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Her grades are oracular, inviolable, and therefore not subject to review.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
That is a secret which, I believe, an actress is privileged to keep inviolate.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
But if such is not your intention, I stand by my right of inviolability.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Is there any Thing more inviolable than even an antient Error?
"Zadig" by Voltaire
I charge you also, because of your many oaths to the king; that you keep them inviolable.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
And that the right of free speech, of a free press, and of assembly shall remain inviolate.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
That the hall where the parliament assembles is an inviolable sanctuary, was never yet pretended.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
There is also the demand that we retain inviolate the social means for successful family life.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
Words, in sentences, should then be inviolate to their author.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
Democracy is admitted to be a principle so inviolable that it is to be upheld generally even when the Party temporarily loses by it.
"Socialism As It Is" by William English Walling
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In poetry:

So from eyes that laugh and weep
I unloose a load of freight;
But in secret still I keep
History inviolate.
"Lines To E. A." by Benjamin Musser
But motionless as I wait,
Like a Bishop lying in state
Lies the Pen, with its mitre of gold,
And its jewels inviolate.
"Ultima Thule: The Iron Pen" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Free to shake off this weary weight
Of human sin, and rest instead
On nature's heart inviolate--
All summer singing o'er my head!
"Would I were As Free As My Dreams" by August Graf von Platen
"For passion ebbs and passion flows,
But under every new caress
The riven heart more keenly knows
Its own inviolate faithfulness.
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope
Time, to thy sight what peace they share
On Night's inviolable breast!
Remote in solitudes of rest,
Afar from human change or care.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Ever the star, unstable, frames
Her transitory throne of fire,
But in thy sight how soon expire,
How soon recur, the inviolate flames!—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling

In news:

Now come the New Calvinists with their return to inviolable doctrines and talk of damnation – in essence, the Puritans, minus the breeches and powdered wigs.
Sorry, Jill Kelley, you probably don't have 'diplomatic inviolability .
10 inviolable rules for dealing with the sharks on Wall Street.
As financially troubled cities suspend their payments to California's statewide pension fund, federal bankruptcy judges may have the final word on the long- assumed inviolability of retirement benefits.
Like many American settlers, the Anglo- Saxons developed tribal mores around commonwealths of sovereign individuals claiming inherent, inviolable rights.
The Commission gave its blessing with one inviolable condition: that the town enforces 100-foot buffers on either side of the site.
From Santiago to Sydney, from Bishkek to Boston, the airport carpet sings out its inviolable son...
Sorry, Jill Kelley, you probably dont have diplomatic inviolability.
As financially troubled cities suspend their payments to California's pension fund, federal bankruptcy judges may have the final word on the long-assumed inviolability of retirement benefits.
Cemeteries are supposed to be inviolate places.
The Palestinian president has set off a strident debate by shattering a once-inviolable taboo , publicly suggesting his people would have to relinquish claims to ancestral homes in Israel.
Stephen Metcalf has a must-read essay in Slate about Robert Nozick and the libertarian idea that market outcomes are morally inviolable.
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In science:

As remarked by Shr¨odinger in his groundbreaking work What is Life? : “The non-physicist finds it hard to believe that really the ordinary laws of physics, which he regards as prototype of inviolable precision, should be based on the statistical tendency of matter to go over into disorder”.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This is also true for the ‘problem of time’ , which arises from the ambiguity in the time evolution in superspace if foliation invariance (many-fingered time) is made inviolate.
Conformal Superspace: the configuration space of general relativity
However, Pauli’s exclusion principle is inviolable and as such the universe could not collapse to a singularity.
The Genesis of the Big-Bang and Inflation
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