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Impossible to alter; unchangeable: the inalterable routine of a physician.

in·al′ter·a·bil′i·ty n.
in·al′ter·a·bly adv.


not alterable; unalterable
inˌalteraˈbility, inˈalterableness n
inˈalterably adv


(ʌnˈɔl tər ə bəl)

also inalterable

not capable of being altered, changed, or modified.
un•al′ter•a•ble•ness, un•al`ter•a•bil′i•ty, n.
un•al′ter•a•bly, adv.
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Adj.1.inalterable - not capable of being changed or alteredinalterable - not capable of being changed or altered; "unalterable resolve"; "an unalterable ground rule"


Incapable of changing or being modified:


adjunveränderlich, unabänderlich; it is inalterablees lässt sich nicht ändern
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It is difficult even to draw a meaningful distinction between liberty and equality, let alone to regard them as inalterably oppositional.
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Similarly, a right can be vested without being inalterably vested.
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In spite of some differences in application, a core belief system that inalterably divides the world into two oppositional camps remains.
given to me as inalterably fixed, the attempt at empathy with any hand having different properties would have to fail because of the contrast between them.
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Iran had not agreed to export its uranium stockpiles or inalterably convert them to prevent their reuse in a bomb program, destroy its unused centrifuges, ban advanced centrifuges (for "research") from the Qom facility, or allow full and permanent access of inspectors to all suspect (including "military") facilities.
Tom Goldstein has argued that Agnew's criticism "inalterably changed the way the media was viewed and the way the media viewed itself" (1989, p.