Definition of imperturbable in English:



  • Unable to be upset or excited; calm.

    ‘an imperturbable tranquillity’
    • ‘She looked down and felt a strange sense of imperturbable calm.’
    • ‘Through what is called neutrality of tone, philosophical discourse must also guarantee the neutrality or at least the imperturbable serenity that should accompany the relation to the true and the universal.’
    • ‘On the contrary, when all others have given up in despair, these persons stand imperturbable in the face of peril, relying for support not on material things, but on the soundness of reason and on their own superior judgement.’
    • ‘This ice has a character different from the clear, unblemished ice, as if all the hardship of those periods congealed to create a solid, imperturbable substance.’
    • ‘The fax was pouring out messages, the telephone had barely stopped and the loyal secretary was still at her station in the office, cool and imperturbable as ever.’
    • ‘The prosecutors liked me because my professional experience as a media researcher had steeled me against public abuse and made me imperturbable under cross examination.’
    • ‘In fact, it would be in deep trouble if it was relying on the utterly solid, sweet-natured and imperturbable country boy for dramatic tension.’
    • ‘Despite the exclamation mark, he talks in the flat, imperturbable vowels of Sussex, his voice rising not so much in volume as in exasperation.’
    • ‘I was imperturbable at work, never losing my patience or raising my voice.’
    • ‘We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.’
    • ‘It felt classy and utterly imperturbable - the sort of place where the band might play Stormy Weather in a raging typhoon.’
    • ‘But the square looks in on itself, exuding an air of imperturbable gentility.’
    • ‘One secret of the success of the English was, perhaps, their imperturbable tolerance.’
    • ‘But emotionally he found it extremely difficult to resign himself to the disappearance of that invigorating militancy and that imperturbable self-assurance that had marked the working class in the 1970s.’
    • ‘It's very much like the radiance of falling in love, but it's not the ordinary falling in love where we're still involved in attachment and aversion; it's a radiance that is imperturbable because totally ultimate.’
    • ‘Buddhism is the pursuit of inner-peace through meditation - through his own, diligent efforts, the Buddhist hopes to arrive at this imperturbable, sanguine state of being.’
    • ‘His distaste for big inert words - words like omniscient, impassable and imperturbable, which he finds other theologians using to describe God - inspires his own desire for accessibility.’
    • ‘Earl Alexander was a military commander with little taste for panache but distinguished by imperturbable confidence.’
    • ‘I had various curious cases against him at the Bar - hard and evenly fought battles - in which he was imperturbable.’
    • ‘It would be difficult to praise his work as Book Review Editor more highly than it deserves, and those of us who have worked with him most closely will miss his imperturbable good humor and complete reliability.’
    self-possessed, composed, collected, calm, cool, calm, and collected, as cool as a cucumber, cool-headed, self-controlled, poised, tranquil, serene, relaxed, easy-going, unexcitable, even-tempered, placid, sedate, phlegmatic
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Late Middle English from late Latin imperturbabilis, from in- ‘not’ + perturbare (see perturb).