Definition of inviolate in English:



  • Free or safe from injury or violation.

    ‘an international memorial which must remain inviolate’
    • ‘Such criticism leaves the basic functions of the dominant stratum inviolate.’
    • ‘But instead he chose to treat Eric's comments as an attack by an inviolate expert witness and to emphasise the negatives.’
    • ‘The customers come and go, but the privacy of Mathilde and Antoine's world remains as inviolate as the inside of somebody's head.’
    • ‘For the last few years Howard's entire political program has been based on the premise that Australia's sovereignty is not only absolute but inviolate, untouchable, a veritable law of nature.’
    • ‘This notion of sovereignty considers inviolate the internal affairs of nations.’
    • ‘There is no engagement or invitation to the viewer, these women are self-sufficient and contained, inviolate even.’
    • ‘The two instead experience a ‘precious, inviolate, and genuine’ relationship free from the burdens of racial representation.’
    • ‘We do not sterilise people who have been convicted of violent offences against children because, however gruesome their crime, their person must remain inviolate.’
    • ‘The mere existence of such a throwback in the modern world suggests an inviolate timelessness.’
    • ‘Think of the recognised classics of American cinema and they seem organic, inviolate.’
    • ‘But the wall that split photography's discursive territory into an aesthetic-commercial-public realm, on the one hand, and home duty, on the other, remained inviolate.’
    • ‘Technically faultless and inviolate this is as smooth as painting gets at the start of the 21st century.’
    • ‘Others, including censorship watchdogs, believe that free speech is not inviolate irrespective of what is said or sung, and that there is such a thing as the abuse of free speech.’
    • ‘The concept of inviolate national sovereignty yielded to new mechanisms for the international enforcement of human rights.’
    • ‘There was no general privilege that attached to documents brought into existence for the purposes of litigation independent of the need to keep inviolate communications between client and legal adviser.’
    • ‘Government would remain in charge of public safety, but the evidence on which they based their strategy would be objective and inviolate.’
    • ‘Like the 2-party system itself, there is little reason to argue that corporate charters are inviolate.’
    • ‘Is it a country where the line between church and state bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers should be inviolate?’
    • ‘They both have an inviolate place into which no other can fit.’
    • ‘Whatever moral authority we may have to allow or disallow other nations to possess weapons of mass destruction rests on our inviolate commitment to use our weapons only in self-defense.’
    untouched, undamaged, unhurt, unharmed, unscathed
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Late Middle English: from Latin inviolatus, from in- ‘not’ + violare ‘violate’.