• synonyms


[in-ev-i-tuh-buh l]
See more synonyms for inevitable on Thesaurus.com
  1. unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary: an inevitable conclusion.
  2. sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable: The inevitable end of human life is death.
Show More
  1. that which is unavoidable.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for inevitable

inexorable, necessary, imminent, unavoidable, inescapable, undeniable, impending, irresistible, binding, doomed, pat, assured, compulsory, decided, destined, determined, fated, fateful, fixed, ineluctable

Examples from the Web for inevitable

Contemporary Examples of inevitable

Historical Examples of inevitable

British Dictionary definitions for inevitable


  1. unavoidable
  2. sure to happen; certain
Show More
  1. the inevitable something that is unavoidable
Show More
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inevitable


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."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper