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[ih-ven-choo-uh l] /ɪˈvɛn tʃu əl/
happening at some indefinite future time or after a series of occurrences; ultimate:
His mistakes led to his eventual dismissal.
depending upon uncertain events; contingent.
Origin of eventual
1605-15; < Latin ēventu(s) event + -al1, modeled of French éventuel
1. subsequent, consequent, later, resulting. Unabridged
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  • "I've been a poor man all my life—till now," was his eventual remark.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • All that remained for me to do was to get my party out of the way of eventual shells.

  • Both of us were on water—water which had an eventual connection with the sea.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • He wanted the Army to make "eventual nonsegregation" its goal.

  • He was thinking that with such affection there could be no bar to his eventual happiness.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for eventual


(prenominal) happening in due course of time; ultimate: the eventual outcome was his defeat
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Word Origin and History for eventual

1610s, from French éventuel, from Latin event-, stem of evenire (see event).

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