[ in-ev-i-tuh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈɛv ɪ tə bəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. inescutcheon,
  2. inessential,
  3. inessive,
  4. inestimable,
  5. inevitability,
  6. inevitably,
  7. inexact,
  8. inexactitude,
  9. inexcusable,
  10. inexertion

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inevitability


/ (ɪnˈɛvɪtəbəl) /


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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