- unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary: an inevitable conclusion.
- sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable: The inevitable end of human life is death.
- that which is unavoidable.
Origin of inevitable
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Related Wordsrequirement, precondition, prerequisite, fundamental, obligation, essential, urgency, confidence, trust, inevitability, prospect, circumstance, intention, future, objective, accident, mortality, casualty, disaster, claim
Examples from the Web for inevitability
There has been very little mourning of this dual scalping, just a sense of inevitability.Is There Life Left in ‘The View’?
June 28, 2014
A book from any notable politician has become more an inevitability than an exception.Churchill Would Be Famous Today on the Strength of His Writing Alone
June 16, 2014
Even to its critics, marriage equality seemed to be taking on the air of inevitability.The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet
May 25, 2014
On the Internet we call the inevitability of this trope “Rule 63.”How ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and FanFiction Conquered Pop Culture
May 6, 2014
The epidemiology of polio is simple to understand—as simple as seeing the inevitability of the major crisis we have before us.U.N. Calls Middle East Polio Outbreak ‘Greatest Polio Challenge in History’
April 9, 2014
Inevitability without content is man's reason in its three forms.War and Peace
Election Day came with the inevitability of death and taxes.Hail to the Chief
Gordon Randall Garrett
The one desire of his life, to do the will of God—The inevitability of the end.The Last Days of Tolstoy
V. G. Chertkov
She was filled only with a great expectancy, a waiting for the inevitability of life.The Law Inevitable
His soul, in its isolation as she lay on his breast, chose it so, with the soul's inevitability.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
- sure to happen; certain
- the inevitable something that is unavoidable
C15: from Latin inēvītābilis, from in- 1 + ēvītābilis, from ēvītāre to shun, from vītāre to avoid
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Word Origin and History for inevitability
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