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  1. happening at some indefinite future time or after a series of occurrences; ultimate: His mistakes led to his eventual dismissal.
  2. depending upon uncertain events; contingent.
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Origin of eventual

1605–15; < Latin ēventu(s) event + -al1, modeled of French éventuel


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1. subsequent, consequent, later, resulting.
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  • "I've been a poor man all my life—till now," was his eventual remark.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • All that remained for me to do was to get my party out of the way of eventual shells.

  • Both of us were on water—water which had an eventual connection with the sea.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • He wanted the Army to make "eventual nonsegregation" its goal.

  • He was thinking that with such affection there could be no bar to his eventual happiness.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for eventual


  1. (prenominal) happening in due course of time; ultimatethe eventual outcome was his defeat
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Word Origin and History for eventual


1610s, from French éventuel, from Latin event-, stem of evenire (see event).

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