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inevitable

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

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.

noun

that which is unavoidable.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for inevitable

inevitable

/ (ɪnˈɛvɪtəbəl) /

adjective

unavoidable
sure to happen; certain

noun

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
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

inevitable


adj.

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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