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ineluctable

[in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being evaded; inescapable: an ineluctable destiny.
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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 formsin·e·luc·ta·bil·i·ty, nounin·e·luc·ta·bly, adverb
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Related Words for ineluctable

inescapable, inevitable, unavoidable

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Contemporary Examples of ineluctable

Historical Examples of ineluctable

  • To step across the line would have been an ineluctable attempt.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

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

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • The business bound his imagination with an ineluctable fascination.

    The Destroying Angel

    Louis Joseph Vance

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


British Dictionary definitions for ineluctable

ineluctable

adjective
  1. (esp of fate) incapable of being avoided; inescapable
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Derived Formsineluctability, nounineluctably, adverb

Word Origin for ineluctable

C17: from Latin inēluctābilis, from in- 1 + ēluctārī to escape, from luctārī to struggle
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Word Origin and History for ineluctable

adj.

"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).

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