[in-ev-i-tuh-buh l]


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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word inēvītābilis. See in-3, evitable
Related formsin·ev·i·ta·bil·i·ty, in·ev·i·ta·ble·ness, nounin·ev·i·ta·bly, adverbqua·si-in·ev·i·ta·ble, adjectivequa·si-in·ev·i·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inevitability

Contemporary Examples of inevitability

Historical Examples of inevitability

  • Inevitability without content is man's reason in its three forms.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • 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.

  • She was filled only with a great expectancy, a waiting for the inevitability of life.

    The Law Inevitable

    Louis Couperus

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for inevitability



sure to happen; certain


the inevitable something that is unavoidable
Derived Formsinevitability or inevitableness, nouninevitably, adverb

Word Origin for inevitable

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

1640s, from inevitable + -ity.



mid-15c., from Latin inevitabilis "unavoidable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + evitabilis "avoidable," from evitare "to avoid," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vitare "shun," originally "go out of the way."

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