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eventual

[ih-ven-choo-uh l] /ɪˈvɛn tʃu əl/
adjective
1.
happening at some indefinite future time or after a series of occurrences; ultimate:
His mistakes led to his eventual dismissal.
2.
depending upon uncertain events; contingent.
Origin of eventual
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin ēventu(s) event + -al1, modeled of French éventuel
Synonyms
1. subsequent, consequent, later, resulting.
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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

eventual

/ɪˈvɛntʃʊəl/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) happening in due course of time; ultimate: the eventual outcome was his defeat
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Word Origin and History for eventual
adj.

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

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