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

    My Lord Duke E. W. Hornung
  • ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • It is so pure, so immaterial, one would say that two ideas joined in the limpidity of ineluctable thought.

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

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • That was the ineluctable truth, the truth which already perhaps she had intercepted in the land of Beauty and Horror.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The business bound his imagination with an ineluctable fascination.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
  • But whatever betide, I shall have had my shot at the alluring yet ineluctable problem of human folly.

    Aliens William McFee
  • The blows of fate are ineluctable; no man shall evade his doom.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • Others he seldom felt called upon to judge, but if the instance were ineluctable, he was prone to an amiable generosity.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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