- Not violable; not to be infringed.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book IV”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:, lines 842–4:
- But come, for thou, be ſure, ſhalt give account / To him who ſent us, whoſe charge is to keep / This place inviolable, and therefore theſe from harm.
- a. 1682, Sir Thomas Browne, “Christian Morals”, in Henry Gardiner, editor, Religio Medici, together with a Letter to a Friend on the Death of His Intimate Friend and Christian Morals, London: W. Pickering, published 1845, part III, page 337:
- But honeſt men’s words are Stygian oaths, and promiſes inviolable.
- 1828, Thomas Castaly, “The Recorder”, in Fanny with Other Poems, page 87:
- One more request, and I am lost, / If you its earnest prayer deny ; / It is, that you preserve the most / Inviolable secrecy / As to my plan.
- Not susceptible to violence, or of being profaned, corrupted, or dishonoured.
- Incapable of being injured or invaded; indestructible.
- (not violable): unbreakable, unbreachable
- (not susceptible of being profaned): holy, sacred, sacrosanct
- (incapable of being injured or invaded): invincible, unassailable
- (not violable): incompliable (incapable of being complied); violable, breakable (capable of being violated)
- (not susceptible of being profaned): violable
- (incapable of being injured or invaded): invadable
not violable; not to be infringed
incapable of being injured or invaded
- inviolable in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- inviolable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
inviolable (plural inviolables)
- “inviolable” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).