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evitable

[ev-i-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being avoided; avoidable.

Origin of evitable

From the Latin word ēvītābilis, dating back to 1495–1505. See evite, -able
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Examples from the Web for evitable

Historical Examples

  • Once the concepts "elements" or "forces" have been accepted, the notion of interaction is an evitable, logical development.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park

  • In 1909 there had been rumours of grave events; Count Ehrenthal had announced privately to some bankers that 'war was evitable.'


British Dictionary definitions for evitable

evitable

adjective
  1. rare able to be avoided

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ēvītābilis, from ēvītāre, from vītāre to avoid
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Word Origin and History for evitable

adj.

c.1500, from Latin evitabilis "avoidable," from evitare (see inevitable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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