\ \ [16] Etymologically, inexorable means ‘that cannot be removed by praying’. It is an adjective of many layers, of which the original is Latin ōrārepray’ (source of English oracle, orator, etc). Addition of the prefix ex- ‘out’ produced exōrāreremove by pleading or entreating’, and further prefixation and suffixation gave inexōrābilis, which entered English partly via French inexorable.

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  • inexorable — (Del lat. inexorabĭlis). 1. adj. Que no se puede evitar. El inexorable paso del tiempo. 2. Que no se deja vencer con ruegos …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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