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[ev-i-tuh-buh l]
  1. capable of being avoided; avoidable.
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Origin of evitable

From the Latin word ēvītābilis, dating back to 1495–1505. See evite, -able
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Historical Examples

  • Once the concepts "elements" or "forces" have been accepted, the notion of interaction is an evitable, logical development.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park

  • In 1909 there had been rumours of grave events; Count Ehrenthal had announced privately to some bankers that 'war was evitable.'

British Dictionary definitions for evitable


  1. rare able to be avoided
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin ēvītābilis, from ēvītāre, from vītāre to avoid
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Word Origin and History for evitable


c.1500, from Latin evitabilis "avoidable," from evitare (see inevitable).

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