[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

Examples from the Web for inescapably

Contemporary Examples of inescapably

Historical Examples of inescapably

  • The young man was in the air as inescapably as if he were the measles.


    Ellen Glasgow

  • The odium of that reputation was inescapably his, Orson Vane's.

    The Imitator

    Percival Pollard

  • She fought against the answer, but slowly, inescapably, it formed in her mind.

    Bedside Manner

    William Morrison

  • I mean that on days like this, we remember that we are all part of a continuum, inescapably connected by the ties that bind.

  • She had no personal relations—no responsibilities toward them such as Rose felt were inescapably hers.

British Dictionary definitions for inescapably



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



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

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