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[in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l]
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  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 ineluctably

naturally, unquestionably, undoubtedly, automatically, accordingly, consequently, fundamentally, indubitably, perforce, positively, willy-nilly, axiomatically, cardinally, compulsorily, incontrovertibly, ineluctably, inescapably, inexorably, irresistibly, significantly

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Historical Examples of ineluctably

  • Self which it itself was ineluctably preconditioned to become.


    James Joyce

  • The grim thought came to her that she had ineluctably become a valuable operative in the interests of the Vose-Mern agency.

British Dictionary definitions for ineluctably


  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 ineluctably



"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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