invulnerability


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in·vul·ner·a·ble

 (ĭn-vŭl′nər-ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Immune to attack; impregnable.
2. Impossible to damage, injure, or wound.

[French invulnérable, from Old French, from Latin invulnerābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + vulnerāre, to wound (from vulnus, vulner-, wound; see vulnerable).]

in·vul′ner·a·bil′i·ty, in·vul′ner·a·ble·ness n.
in·vul′ner·a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.invulnerability - having the strength to withstand attack
safety - the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions; "insure the safety of the children"; "the reciprocal of safety is risk"
2.invulnerability - the property of being invulnerable; the property of being incapable of being hurt (physically or emotionally)
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
immunity - the quality of being unaffected by something; "immunity to criticism"
vulnerability - susceptibility to injury or attack
Translations

invulnerability

[ɪnˌvʌlnərəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ninvulnerabilidad f (to a)

invulnerability

[ɪnˌvʌlnərəˈbɪlɪti] ninvulnérabilité f

invulnerability

nUnverwundbarkeit f, → Unverletzbarkeit f; (of fortress)Uneinnehmbarkeit f; (lit, fig: of position) → Unangreifbarkeit f

invulnerability

[ɪnˌvʌlnrəˈbɪlɪtɪ] ninvulnerabilità
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