Definition of unshakable in US English:


(also unshakeable)


  • 1(of a belief, feeling, or opinion) strongly felt and unable to be changed.

    ‘an unshakeable faith in the righteousness of their cause’
    • ‘There are moments of People I Know that almost play as satire on life in NY, but even those are rendered ineffective by the unshakeable feeling that they happened by accident.’
    • ‘Ironically, this comes primarily as a result of his unshakeable obstinacy in taking the governing body to task earlier this season over his well-publicised fine for comments made about referee Dougie McDonald.’
    • ‘They have become almost shrouded in myth but their dedication and unshakeable mindset is no mystery when you consider their starting point on this journey.’
    • ‘It was a lesson he preached indefatigably, and with unshakeable self-confidence, to newspapers, Cabinet ministers, fellow anthropologists, and community groups.’
    • ‘One thing that characterizes the ‘traditional’ terrorist groups is their unshakeable belief that they have all the best arguments.’
    • ‘An unusual aspect of Wingate's life was his unwavering support of Zionism nurtured perhaps by his unshakable belief in the Old Testament.’
    • ‘The unshakeable loyalty and belief in this room was palpable.’
    • ‘She had an unshakeable feeling that something important was going to happen, today.’
    • ‘Thinking back over all the time I spent with Lea over the last few months, I have this unshakeable feeling that she never fell out of love with me because she was never in love with me to begin with.’
    • ‘But this doesn't alter McHale's unshakeable belief in the quality of the team and their chances of winning on Saturday.’
    • ‘Songs of brave soldiers with questions and doubts and unshakeable commitment to what they see as their ultimate responsibility, the responsibility to stay until the job is done.’
    • ‘One might easily suggest an unshakeable feeling of shame.’
    • ‘It is an irresistible compulsion, driven by unshakeable guilt and the constant need for endorsement.’
    • ‘A modest man of unshakeable principle, Neil was a tireless fighter for workers' rights for over thirty years.’
    • ‘There was naught but shadows in the room; even Joyce had fled, and the forlorn, unshakeable feeling of nostalgia.’
    • ‘I'm thankful for Pope John Paul's commitment and unshakeable faith, and I pray for our Roman Catholic friends around the world as they come to terms with his death.’
    • ‘Many Australians maintain an unshakeable belief that property prices will track in one direction only… upwards.’
    • ‘They told how he calmed the people and consoled them with his unshakable belief in God.’
    • ‘The unshakeable belief that gloves were an important component in any well-groomed woman's wardrobe continued right up till the late 1960s.’
    • ‘Succeeding at something almost always means tons of hard work and dedication, but look at the reward - an unshakable feeling of utterly ecstatic joy.’
    1. 1.1 Unable to be disputed or questioned.
      ‘an unshakable alibi’
      • ‘My children are not loud and demanding, but they are strong-willed, stubborn, outspoken, and increasingly able to construct a solid, unshakable argument.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘His alibi was totally unshakable,’ Burnett recalled recently.’
      • ‘Thomson had an unshakable alibi - the rape had occurred when he was on TV, describing how people could improve their ability to remember faces.’
      • ‘Recently the changes of ocean currents have been detected, and there are some hypotheses to explain them, but we do not have any unshakable theory yet.’
      steadfast, resolute, staunch, firm, constant, decided, determined, fixed, ingrained, unswerving, unwavering, unvacillating, unfaltering, unflinching
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