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Not violated or profaned; intact: "The great inviolate place had an ancient permanence which the sea cannot claim" (Thomas Hardy).

[Middle English, from Latin inviolātus : in-, not; see in-1 + violātus, past participle of violāre, to violate; see violate.]

in·vi′o·la·cy (-lə-sē), in·vi′o·late·ness n.
in·vi′o·late·ly adv.
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Finally, inviolateness emerges as crucial in these three masculine beings.
I wanted to hear more about self-making and inviolateness, and more discussion, for instance, of the role of capitalist competition in the inviolate male's refusal of desire.