[ in-i-luhk-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈlʌk tə bəl /
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incapable of being evaded; inescapable: an ineluctable destiny.



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Origin of ineluctable

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin inēluctābilis, equivalent to in- negative and privative prefix + ēluctā(rī) “to force a way out or over, surmount” (from ē- verbal prefix + luctārī “to wrestle”) + -bilis adjective suffix; see e-1, in-3, -ble

OTHER WORDS FROM ineluctable

in·e·luc·ta·bil·i·ty, nounin·e·luc·ta·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ineluctable

/ (ˌɪnɪˈlʌktəbəl) /


(esp of fate) incapable of being avoided; inescapable

Derived forms of ineluctable

ineluctability, nounineluctably, adverb

Word Origin for ineluctable

C17: from Latin inēluctābilis, from in- 1 + ēluctārī to escape, from luctārī to struggle
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