[in-uh-skey-puh-buh l]


incapable of being escaped, ignored, or avoided; ineluctable: inescapable responsibilities.

Origin of inescapable

First recorded in 1785–95; in-3 + escapable
Related formsin·es·cap·a·ble·ness, nounin·es·cap·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inescapable

inevitable, certain, doomed, imminent, ineluctable, ineludible

Examples from the Web for inescapable

Contemporary Examples of inescapable

Historical Examples of inescapable

  • He saw the grim, inescapable future for his charges: famine.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • The law is inescapable, for an action is either lawful or unlawful.

  • There is an inescapable difference in the results of marriage on the two partners.

    Women's Wild Oats

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • This "within us" is one of the inescapable original revelations.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • This was a slang which Hal had never heard, but the meaning was inescapable; he "stuck 'em up."

    King Coal

    Upton Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for inescapable



incapable of being escaped or avoided
Derived Formsinescapably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inescapable

1792, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + escapable (see escape). Related: Inescapably.

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