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1. Not violable; not susceptible of hurt, wound, or harm (used with respect to either physical or moral damage); not susceptible of being profaned or corrupted; sacred; holy; as, inviolable honor or chastity; an inviolable shrine. He tried a third, a tough, well-chosen spear, The inviolable body stood sincere. (Dryden)

2. Unviolated; uninjured; undefiled; uncorrupted. For thou, be sure, shalt give account to him who sent us, whose charge is to keep this place inviolable, and these from harm. (Milton)

3. Not capable of being broken or violated; as, an inviolable covenant, agreement, promise, or vow. Their almighty Maker first ordained And bound them with inviolable bands. (Spenser) And keep our faiths firm and inviolable. (Shak)

Origin: L. Inviolabilis: cf. F. Inviolable. See Inviolate.