ineluctable

[in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l]

adjective

incapable of being evaded; inescapable: an ineluctable destiny.

Nearby words

  1. inelegance,
  2. inelegancy,
  3. inelegant,
  4. ineligible,
  5. ineloquent,
  6. ineludible,
  7. inenarrable,
  8. inept,
  9. ineptitude,
  10. ineptly

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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British Dictionary definitions for ineluctably

ineluctable

adjective

(esp of fate) incapable of being avoided; inescapable
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 ineluctably

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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