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Definition of invulnerable in English:



  • Impossible to harm or damage.

    ‘no state in the region is now invulnerable to attack by another’
    • ‘The strong, invulnerable Jennifer cried at school for the third time.’
    • ‘However, I feel as though there is a way we can design a system that is invulnerable in the first place.’
    • ‘But they are not invulnerable on the field of play, as their European campaigns are about to demonstrate.’
    • ‘He who teaches the divine knowledge is invulnerable.’
    • ‘Diminished sight has rendered me virtually invulnerable to advertising and marketing.’
    • ‘In fact, this is only true if, by election of an MP, he or she is made invulnerable to their party’s later decision to dismiss them.’
    • ‘In a country that seemed so invulnerable to harm, everything was lost in a single moment.’
    • ‘He refers to the absence of reliable foresight and explains ‘why companies seem invulnerable one minute and aimless the next.’’
    • ‘She sounds invulnerable, not because she’s powerful but because she’s so darned nice.’
    • ‘Because they are so high off the ground, their drivers feel invulnerable and show no fear.’
    • ‘With fear of death and fear of pain unplugged, they are in a sense invulnerable and invincible.’
    • ‘For more than 10 years, the judiciary have been under fire from the media and some politicians, but appeared invulnerable.’
    • ‘The fleet rendered Britain invulnerable to direct attack, while its wealth allowed it to intervene on the continent even though Britain did not possess a large army.’
    • ‘He has chosen the perfect target for the most invulnerable war machine in history.’
    • ‘Masten also pointed out that even the most basic of human adaptational systems are not invulnerable and require nurturance.’
    • ‘If there is an invulnerable army running amok, all the rest of the sacrifices of that day seem silly and pointless.’
    • ‘He is invulnerable in his stronghold, but he is also terrified of prophecies.’
    • ‘A force that believes it is invulnerable might dismiss or underestimate an opponent’s strength, will or commitment.’
    • ‘If it’s the case that one side’s military forces are more or less invulnerable to the other’s, that defense may weaken.’
    • ‘I mean, not everyone wakes up one morning to find themselves invulnerable to physical harm and super strong.’
    impervious, insusceptible, immune, insensitive

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Late 16th century (earlier than vulnerable): from Latin invulnerabilis, from in- ‘not’ + vulnerabilis (see vulnerable).




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Related to invulnerable: venial




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.


(ɪnˈvʌlnərəbəl; -ˈvʌlnrəbəl)


1. incapable of being wounded, hurt, damaged, etc, either physically or emotionally
2. incapable of being damaged or captured: an invulnerable fortress.
inˌvulneraˈbility, inˈvulnerableness n
inˈvulnerably adv


(ɪnˈvʌl nər ə bəl)


1. incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
2. immune to attack.
[1585–95; < Latin]
in•vul′ner•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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Adj.1.invulnerable – immune to attack; impregnable; “gunners raked the beach from invulnerable positions on the cliffs”

unconquerable – not capable of being conquered or vanquished or overcome; “a tribute to his courage…and his unconquerable will”- R.E.Danielson; “faced unconquerable difficulties”
protected – kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss; “the most protected spot I could find”
safe – free from danger or the risk of harm; “a safe trip”; “you will be safe here”; “a safe place”; “a safe bet”
secure – free from danger or risk; “secure from harm”; “his fortune was secure”; “made a secure place for himself in his field”
vulnerable – susceptible to attack; “a vulnerable bridge”


adjective safe , secure , invincible , impenetrable , unassailable , indestructible , insusceptible She assumed that her mother was invulnerable and all-powerful.
weak , vulnerable , susceptible , insecure , unprotected , defenceless , assailable
لا يُجْرَح، مَعْصوم عن الجَرْح
ungefährdet unverwundbar
ósærandi; sem ekki verîur ráîist á
uangripelig usårlig
zarar verilemez
固若金汤的 无法伤害的


[ɪnˈvʌlnərəbl] ADJ invulnerable (to a)


[ɪnˈvʌlnərəbəl] adj invulnérable
to be invulnerable to attack → être invulnérable aux attaques
a system that would make the US invulnerable to nuclear attack → un système qui rendrait les USA invulnérables aux attaques nucléaires


adj unverwundbar , unverletzbar; fortress uneinnehmbar ; (lit, fig) position unangreifbar ; invulnerable to attack unbezwingbar


[ɪnˈvʌlnrəbl] adj invulnerabile


(inˈvalnərəbl) adjective

that cannot be wounded, damaged or successfully attacked. As a friend of the manager, he is in an invulnerable position. onkwetsbaar لا يُجْرَح، مَعْصوم عن الجَرْح неуязвим invulnerável nezranitelný; nenapadnutelný unverwundbar , ungefährdet usårlig άτρωτος invulnerable haavamatu آسیب ناپذیر haavoittumaton invulnérable בִּלתִי נִיתָן לִפגִיעָה सुरक्षित, अभेद्य neranjiv sérthetetlen kebal ósærandi; sem ekki verður ráðist á invulnerabile 傷付けられない 손상되지 않는, 무적의 nepažeidžiamas neievainojams tidak mudah luka onkwetsbaar usårlig , uangripelig bezpieczny , nieosiągalny له ضرر يا يرغل څخه خوندى invulnerável invulnerabil неуязвимый nezraniteľný; nenapadnuteľný neranljiv nepovrediv osårbar, oangriplig ซึ่งไม่อาจทำลายได้ zarar verilemez 無法傷害的,無法攻破的 невразливий ضرر سے پاک không thể bị thương 无法伤害的,固若金汤的

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Yea, something invulnerable, unburiable is with me, something that would rend rocks asunder: it is called MY WILL.

If these plates are adopted in the Royal Navy our warships will be invulnerable, and therefore invincible.

Now it is an established fact that all or most famous knights-errant have some special gift, one that of being proof against enchantment, another that of being made of such invulnerable flesh that he cannot be wounded, as was the famous Roland, one of the twelve peers of France, of whom it is related that he could not be wounded except in the sole of his left foot, and that it must be with the point of a stout pin and not with any other sort of weapon whatever; and so, when Bernardo del Carpio slew him at Roncesvalles, finding that he could not wound him with steel, he lifted him up from the ground in his arms and strangled him, calling to mind seasonably the death which Hercules inflicted on Antaeus, the fierce giant that they say was the son of Terra.

Few parts of the Constitution have been assailed with more intemperance than this; yet on a fair investigation of it, no part can appear more completely invulnerable.

Two such heavy deaths falling upon the captain, so closely after the death of Porthos, for a long time oppressed that spirit which had hitherto been so indefatigable and invulnerable.

Wealth was an inferior object, but what glory would attend the discovery if I could banish disease from the human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death

Moreover, he was a boy whom no man could hurt; an invulnerable and dodging serpent who, when chased into a corner, flew out again between his captor’s legs, scornfully yelping.

The invulnerable dead man forced a way for him- self.

As to nerves, Mr Merdle is of a cool temperament, and not a sensitive man: is about as invulnerable, I should say, as Achilles.

Noel Vanstone was invulnerable on the very point which had presented itself in his father as open to attack.

With all its power, it found itself outfought by this compact body of picked men, who were young, zealous, well-handled, and protected by a most invulnerable patent.

They had an old chief, who was reputed as invulnerable.

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