Definition of immovable in US English:



  • 1Not able to be moved.

    ‘lock your bike to something immovable like a lamp post’
    • ‘Obdurate and immovable, they stood, no less than the stock from which they had come.’
    • ‘The problem was that both sets of posts have been firmly anchored in concrete for years and were immovable.’
    • ‘I have lost count of the number of young trees I have seen in parks and gardens which have outgrown their ties, and even large trees with thick, mature bark can be damaged by growing up against an immovable object, such as a wire fence.’
    • ‘This personal time in which we experience the mind as fluid, unstuck and without boundaries begins to affect our view of the world as a fixed and immovable place.’
    • ‘This afternoon's Easter Road clash is not the only Edinburgh derby this weekend where immovable object meets irresistible force.’
    • ‘When cooled, water becomes immovable and its fluidity is blocked.’
    • ‘Perhaps emboldened by the animal's immovable stance the cameraman decided to move a little closer.’
    • ‘Her once beautiful, animated and expressive face has been Botoxed for so many years now that it's become an immovable mask.’
    • ‘If a policeman on horseback represents the immovable object, a cop straddling a bike represents a precariously balanced man on wheels.’
    • ‘Any train travelling at a decent speed is going to derail when it hits something solid and immovable like a car.’
    • ‘My interests are now quicksilver streams that dart between, and are frequently dammed by, the immovable rocks of naps, meals, bedtimes and bubble-blowing sessions.’
    • ‘Ptolemy's findings were that the earth was a fixed, inert, immovable mass, located at the centre of the universe, and all celestial bodies, including the sun and the fixed stars, revolved around it.’
    • ‘The pain was a gnawing one and it rendered me immovable for quite sometime.’
    • ‘Joints are classified in terms of their structure as fibrous, cartilaginous, or synovial, and in terms of their operation as immovable or movable.’
    • ‘It was the irresistible force against the immovable object, and the object moved.’
    • ‘As our collective anger collides head-on with our political system's intransigence, we're stuck with a classic case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.’
    • ‘When battle commences at the Millennium Stadium, there will be no sentiment on show as Euro 2004's irresistible force meets the Premiership's immovable object.’
    • ‘Donegal, eager to re-define their season after an unforeseen defeat to Fermanagh in the Ulster Championship, weren't supposed to be an immovable object.’
    • ‘Hold the camera in two hands, brace yourself or lean on an immovable object, select a fast enough shutter speed and check your negatives!’
    • ‘This fight is a very difficult one not because the ‘police barricade’ is immovable, but because the thousands in their entirety need to be so convinced of their cause that they do not lapse into physical aggression.’
    fixed, secure, stable, rooted, riveted, moored, anchored, braced, set firm, set fast, fast, firm
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) not yielding to argument or pressure.
      • ‘Alexander is a winning Berowne, trying to sweet-talk the immovable Rosaline, played with saucy spirit by the small, dark Lombardo.’
      • ‘They were immovable, intimidating, overwhelming.’
      • ‘She tried to persuade him not to undertake the work because of its subject matter, but of course he was immovable.’
      • ‘But Rosa's rebellion, her refusal to move back, her decision to be steadfast and immovable in the faith set a community on fire.’
      • ‘But the company remains immovable on two ‘must haves’ - the spirit's distinctive square glass bottle, and its name.’
      • ‘I imagined myself as immoveable and determined.’
      • ‘So it is disturbing that he is so intransigent in accepting the reality of rationing: are there other arguments over which he is similarly immovable?’
      • ‘It's also a materialistic time, and anyone with a stubborn personality will become practically immovable under this influence.’
      • ‘Londoners were immovable in their determination to get to work on time.’
      steadfast, unwavering, unswerving, resolute, determined, adamant, firm, unshakeable, unfailing, dogged, tenacious, stubborn, obdurate, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, inexorable, iron-willed, strong-willed, steely, dead set
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    2. 1.2 (especially of a principle) fixed or unchangeable.
      ‘an immovable article of faith’
      • ‘In desperation, at least 24 genuine refugees in the immovable queue got on that boat and drowned.’
      • ‘She had a face of such immovable stupidity that it amounted to a sort of strange beauty.’
      • ‘It's better when you haven't got players on massively long and immovable contracts and that's the way it is going.’
      • ‘Our stance on school attendance and truancy is immovable.’
      • ‘In their thinking, there are no absolute moral laws and there is no such thing as an unshakable, immovable standard of behavior which applies to all people throughout all time.’
      • ‘The days of the two great immovable blocs of seats held by the major parties alongside a minority of perpetual marginals is long gone.’
      • ‘In that combative battlefield there seems to be no middle ground, just the immovable solidarity of two irreconcilable forces.’
      • ‘She's always tended to join me for my afternoon nap but now it's becoming an immoveable part of our routine and I get a sound telling off if I delay things too much.’
      • ‘The British public were never going to be enthralled by a worthy exhibition of social issues, hurriedly assembled to meet an immovable deadline.’
      • ‘He has immovable opinions about all the great affairs of state, but nine-tenths of them are sheer imbecilities.’
      • ‘This base is the immovable heart of international relations.’
      • ‘It may be that the problem was immoveable for a European sensibility in a New World heart.’
      • ‘Her love for me is as strong and immovable as her faith in God, and that knowledge alone has gotten me through several times in my life when I wondered if I were worth the effort.’
      • ‘There are certain immovable problems within me.’
      • ‘Some things are immovable - family, writing, Jasperwood.’
      • ‘Certainly, corporations can and do change the marketscape, but only within the fairly immovable constraints placed upon them by consumer desires.’
      • ‘The categories of fiction and non-fiction are among the most immovable divides in bookshops and libraries.’
      • ‘But he also understood that the US had immovable faith in their strength, will power, and tenacity once mobilised.’
      • ‘But my schedule was immovable and I was booked in that night.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, over the years, Philadelphia's building trades unions have been unfairly criticized as being immovable in our principles at a cost to the city's future growth and prosperity.’
    3. 1.3Law (of property) consisting of land, buildings, or other permanent items.
      • ‘Other familiar exemptions included under Article 13B (other exemptions) include insurance, the letting of immovable property, and the supply of land and buildings.’
      • ‘The recent Constitutional Court ruling against the execution of immovable property of judgment debtors was an overwhelming victory for the weak and the legally challenged.’
      • ‘In the case of immovable property acquired as capital goods the adjustment period may be extended up to 10 years.’
      • ‘In order, therefore, to decide whether the plaintiff can succeed in following the property into the hands of the defendants I should have to consider the law relating to immovable property in India.’
      • ‘The study shows that investment in immovable property, the purchase of a flat or a house and saving deposits are the three ways Bulgarians most prefer to save money.’


  • Immovable property.

    • ‘It is well settled that the Article covers all property rights, movable and immovable alike.’
    • ‘If George wishes to deny the right of inheritance, ‘he must do so with regard to movable as well as in the case of immovable goods, or at least he must demonstrate why immovables, and not movables, should be inheritable.’’
    • ‘The Supreme Court of India has endorsed this list and added succession to immoveables also.’
    • ‘Within this concept is the notion that an occupant may only use the immovables that have already been developed, and only to the extent that they were used previously.’
    • ‘February 28 is the deadline for it to pay up for temporary importation after which date the company faces debt execution actions with regard to its products, assets, accounts, bank guarantees, movables and immovables.’