Definition of inexorable in English:



  • 1Impossible to stop or prevent.

    ‘the seemingly inexorable march of new technology’
    • ‘Whether this is another ‘mystery’, or just another step in what many see as an inexorable march to the discovery of life or its footprint on Mars is up to you.’
    • ‘We can turn a blind eye to theory, but neither God nor his book will protect us from evolution's inexorable march.’
    • ‘Many thought geometry's spare base of axioms and its clean, inexorable logic was scientific knowledge at its best.’
    • ‘Something has got to be done to stop this inexorable rise in expenditure.’
    • ‘The test will be whether good intentions can be reconciled with the inexorable march of progress.’
    • ‘Science can indeed be seen as a progression of more and more useful metaphors, but as Thomas Kuhn has shown it is not an inexorable march from ignorance to truth.’
    • ‘The PC industry has kind of run roughshod over its users, and the excuse has always been tied to the inexorable march of technology.’
    • ‘The first proposition is easier to defend than the second, as it rests on inexorable logic rather than vexed value judgments.’
    • ‘There is an inexorable march of history toward freedom.’
    • ‘As the Internet world continues its inexorable march towards XML, only those technologies that are built on that platform will continue to move forward.’
    • ‘There is no inexorable logic dictating that the media must undermine the independence of the spheres of art and culture.’
    • ‘There is an inexorable logic to harnessing technology to democracy in the same way as it has been done in so many other facets of our lives.’
    • ‘Call it empowerment if we must, it's an acknowledgement of an inexorable female march into areas previously dominated by men.’
    • ‘There is nothing so satisfying, however, as a victory on behalf of the common man against the inexorable march of officialdom.’
    • ‘The inexorable political logic of the ‘fair trade’ program is to split and divide the working class along national lines.’
    • ‘The inexorable logic of expanding car ownership and use has gradually run up against the limits of road-building and the huge hidden subsidy to the auto industry which that represents.’
    • ‘We shall see in a later chapter that science owes a remarkable and mysterious debt to mathematics, but the Greeks were to some extent impeded by their very reverence for its inexorable logic.’
    • ‘How should one balance past outrages with the inexorable march of progress?’
    • ‘Bird flu continued its seemingly inexorable march through Asia, as Indonesia on Tuesday found a strain of the virus in its poultry flocks that can be deadly to humans.’
    • ‘Not only are most of the Asian artists absent from those histories, but modernism itself was not the inexorable forward march it is made out to be.’
    relentless, unstoppable, unavoidable, inescapable, inevitable, irrevocable
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    1. 1.1(of a person) impossible to persuade; unrelenting.
      ‘the doctors were inexorable, and there was nothing to be done’
      • ‘If we have false views of God, that he is an ‘inexorable judge’ then we simply have no grounds to turn to him for salvation.’
      • ‘There was no capitulation over the four kilometres and there were no errors, merely gradual submission to inexorable opponents.’
      • ‘Before these inexorable judges, for five days, the world of Italian fashion presented its collections.’
      • ‘Death, that inexorable judge, had passed sentence on him and refused to grant him a reprieve, though two doctors were his counsel.’
      intransigent, unbending, unyielding, inflexible, unswerving, unwavering, adamant, obdurate, determined, immovable, unshakeable, implacable, unappeasable, unpacifiable, unplacatable, unmollifiable, unforgiving, unsparing, uncompromising
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Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin inexorabilis, from in- not + exorabilis (from exorare entreat).