1. Impossible to stop, alter, or resist; inevitable: an inexorable fate; an inexorable law of nature.
2. Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless: an inexorable opponent.
[Latin inexōrābilis : in-, not; see IN-1 + exōrābilis, pliant (from exōrāre, to prevail upon : ex-, intensive pref.; see EX- + ōrāre, to argue).]
in·ex′o·ra·bili·ty, in·exo·ra·ble·ness n.
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