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[in-uh-skey-puh-buh l] /ˌɪn əˈskeɪ pə bəl/
incapable of being escaped, ignored, or avoided; ineluctable:
inescapable responsibilities.
Origin of inescapable
First recorded in 1785-95; in-3 + escapable
Related forms
inescapableness, noun
inescapably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The young man was in the air as inescapably as if he were the measles.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • The odium of that reputation was inescapably his, Orson Vane's.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • She fought against the answer, but slowly, inescapably, it formed in her mind.

    Bedside Manner William Morrison
  • I mean that on days like this, we remember that we are all part of a continuum, inescapably connected by the ties that bind.

  • She had no personal relations—no responsibilities toward them such as Rose felt were inescapably hers.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for inescapably


incapable of being escaped or avoided
Derived Forms
inescapably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inescapably



1792, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + escapable (see escape). Related: Inescapably.

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