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inviolable (adj) (of a right, law, principle, etc.,) not to be violated; must be respected.

An inviolable principle is one that is to be respected and followed at all costs. An inviolable right is a right that cannot be taken away or denied. 'The right to life is inviolable.' This means that the right is sacred and that nobody can take away the right of any being to live in this world. An inviolable law cannot be violated or broken. The rights guaranteed in the constitution of a country, especially, the right to freedom of speech, thought and action, is inviolable. That is, no one can take away these rights.

  • Modern democracies regard the basic freedoms as inviolable. Whoever is in power, whichever party is in power, these freedoms cannot be destroyed or denied.
  • The chairman of the company reserved the right to appoint people, and held it as an inviolable right. He could not tolerate anybody even advising him in the matter.
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