Definition of inseparable in English:

inseparable

adjective

  • 1Unable to be separated or treated separately.

    ‘research and higher education seem inseparable’
    • ‘The winner of seven consecutive Order of Merits between 1993 and 1999 maintains that he would not have achieved so much without the volatility that is inseparable from his desire to win.’
    • ‘‘Those assets should be included in the city budget… they are inseparable from the financial status of the city,’ he said.’
    • ‘Monopoly capitalism, in this sense, was inseparable from interimperialist rivalry, manifested primarily in the form of a struggle for global markets.’
    • ‘And upon questioning from the committee, he said that the values of Inuit are virtually inseparable from those of the Christian faith.’
    • ‘Anti-Communism, they argued, and argued successfully, was inseparable from liberalism.’
    • ‘If they are historically informed, language sceptics may claim that this process of extinction is nothing new, perhaps inseparable from the human condition.’
    • ‘Benevolence inflames the anger of the young men of the cités as much as repression, because their rage is inseparable from their being.’
    • ‘Kennan's name is inseparable from the doctrine of containment that influenced American foreign policy throughout the Cold War.’
    • ‘So the martial arts are a great way to dish out a bit of punishment, with a heavy hand if required, but the spiritual dimension to the sport is inseparable from the principal aim of the fight: to knock down your opponent.’
    • ‘If the dry land is inseparable from the wet, then the East Coast is where the government's new foreshore and seabed law is going to hurt most, like a bomb in a crowded room.’
    • ‘It is the language of someone who recognizes that the quest for a spiritual dimension in cultural life is inseparable from the moral priorities of the individual.’
    • ‘Shelly's identification with work is inseparable from Grand Isle.’
    • ‘And it is central as well to (and perhaps inseparable from) the question of genre.’
    • ‘Moreover, in true Yorkshire speech, the accent is inseparable from the dialect - though not many would be willing to practise the dialect today, even if they were familiar with the phraseology.’
    • ‘Or, as he also puts it, ‘the urge to tell [movie] stories is inseparable from the wish to make money.’’
    • ‘Mann may or may not have thought this himself, but he certainly felt that the pursuit of difficulty renewed the passions, and he knew that for him it was inseparable from ‘this phenomenon of life’.’
    • ‘Today, literary style is often inseparable from self-advertising, and ends up as a knowing technique which processes and imprints everything which it comes into contact.’
    • ‘These meanings attract powerful emotions and can affect the patient's clinical condition and become inseparable from the individual's life history.’
    • ‘Unlike Christianity or Judaism, Islam's religious history is inseparable from its conquests - which is why the concept of holy war lives on today.’
    • ‘The growth of civil society is inseparable from the efforts and role of educated citizens, which historically become the backbone of a democratic society.’
    indivisible, indissoluble, inextricable, entangled, ravelled, mixed up, impossible to separate
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    1. 1.1 (of people) unwilling to be separated; very close.
      ‘they met 18 months ago and have been inseparable ever since’
      • ‘However, despite being inseparable during high school, Enid and Rebecca begin to drift apart as their maturing life goals take them in different directions.’
      • ‘By the end of our second day at Columbia Lake, my roommates and I had met our neighbours from next door, and we've been inseparable ever since.’
      • ‘Apart from a self-imposed, 18-month split in 1973, the couple were inseparable from the time they met in 1966.’
      • ‘You two were always so close, nearly inseparable at times.’
      • ‘The pair were inseparable from birth and often used to play tricks on their various sets of foster parents who could never tell them apart.’
      • ‘They're like brothers, inseparable brothers.’
      • ‘Nicholas added: ‘We thought it was amazing but we have been inseparable ever since.’’
      • ‘The pair became engrossed in conversation and have been inseparable ever since.’
      • ‘Bree and I had met in 1st grade and ever since then we have been inseparable.’
      • ‘Lin and Lydie, though they'd had a strong relationship from the beginning, grew so close they were practically inseparable.’
      • ‘They met when they served in the army during the Second World War and were inseparable from then on, despite the vile prejudice (and the criminalisation of their love) that they had to confront.’
      • ‘They have been inseparable ever since and Alan proposed on the very spot they met just three months later.’
      • ‘Soon they are inseparable and their relationship becomes more intimate.’
      • ‘His wife Buakhieo, 34, was a waitress in a restaurant in Thailand when the pair met and they have been inseparable ever since.’
      • ‘They were an inseparable pair whose views complemented each other's work.’
      • ‘I met up with him on the beach after the incident and we've been inseparable ever since.’
      • ‘His family had moved from the other side of town when he and Tristan were four, just starting kindergarten, and those two had been inseparable ever since.’
      • ‘Miriam follows her even after she covers herself in gas and stalks away, and after that they are inseparable, Miriam having promised herself that she will never leave Eunice.’
      • ‘We have all been inseparable; I mean people get us mixed up even though we look nothing alike.’
      • ‘For his first dozen movies, he was inseparable from producer Alan Marshall, but they have not worked together since Angel Heart in 1987.’
      devoted, bosom, close, fast, firm, good, best, intimate, confidential, boon, constant, loyal, faithful
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  • 2Grammar
    (of a prefix) not used as a separate word or (in German) not separated from the base verb when inflected.

    • ‘Hence, verbs with the inseparable prefix ge- in their infinitive forms do not add an additional ge- in the past participle.’
    1. 2.1 (of a German verb) consisting of a prefix and a base verb which are not separated when inflected, for example wiederholen.
      • ‘Note that the verb anerkennen 'to recognize/acknowledge' is used both as a separable verb and (less commonly) as an inseparable verb.’

noun

  • A person or thing inseparable from another.

    • ‘We are two good old enemies, Edith and I, inseparables, in fact.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin inseparabilis, from in- ‘not’ + separabilis (see separable).

Pronunciation

inseparable

/ɪnˈsɛp(ə)rəb(ə)l/