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inevitable

[in-ev-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛv ɪ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary:
an inevitable conclusion.
2.
sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable:
The inevitable end of human life is death.
noun
3.
that which is unavoidable.
Origin of inevitable
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word inēvītābilis. See in-3, evitable
Related forms
inevitability, inevitableness, noun
inevitably, adverb
quasi-inevitable, adjective
quasi-inevitably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for inevitably

inevitable

/ɪnˈɛvɪtəbəl/
adjective
1.
unavoidable
2.
sure to happen; certain
noun
3.
the inevitable, something that is unavoidable
Derived Forms
inevitability, inevitableness, noun
inevitably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inēvītābilis, from in-1 + ēvītābilis, from ēvītāre to shun, from vītāre to avoid
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Word Origin and History for inevitably
adv.

mid-15c., from inevitable + -ly (2).

inevitable

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin inevitabilis "unavoidable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + evitabilis "avoidable," from evitare "to avoid," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vitare "shun," originally "go out of the way."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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