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[in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈlʌk tə bəl/
incapable of being evaded; inescapable:
an ineluctable destiny.
Antonyms: certain, sure, fated.
Origin of ineluctable
1615-25; < Latin inēluctābilis, equivalent to in- in-3 + ēluctā(rī) to force a way out or over, surmount (ē- e-1 + luctārī to wrestle) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
ineluctability, noun
ineluctably, adverb Unabridged
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  • To step across the line would have been an ineluctable attempt.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Exactly: and that is the ineluctable modality of the audible.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The business bound his imagination with an ineluctable fascination.

    The Destroying Angel

    Louis Joseph Vance
  • The blows of fate are ineluctable; no man shall evade his doom.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • For the first time in its history the Court was one voice, speaking through its Chief Justice the ineluctable decrees of the law.

  • But whatever betide, I shall have had my shot at the alluring yet ineluctable problem of human folly.

    Aliens William McFee
  • She was beauty, beauty with its elusive, ineluctable spell, entangled with the appeal of her helplessness.

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Jack was sure of it; his exhausted spirit had surrendered utterly to an ineluctable despair.

    My Lord Duke E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for ineluctable


(esp of fate) incapable of being avoided; inescapable
Derived Forms
ineluctability, noun
ineluctably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inēluctābilis, from in-1 + ēluctārī to escape, from luctārī to struggle
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Word Origin and History for ineluctable

"not to be escaped by struggling," 1620s, from Latin ineluctabilis "unavoidable, inevitable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + eluctari "to struggle out of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + luctari "to struggle" (see reluctance).

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