- 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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Examples from the Web for inevitable
The cameraman was reporting on the factory catching fire when the inevitable happened.Fireworks Factory Explodes in Colorful Burst
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January 6, 2015
Its arrival, experts say, is not just inevitable but imminent.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Instead, Sanders sold it for a sweet $87,000, which triggered an inevitable lawsuit (PDF).Bid on CIA’s Osama Action Figure, Lewinsky's Lingerie, and More at This L.A. Auction House
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Panic—and the inevitable panicking about the panic—is counterproductive.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
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Their inevitable divorce was messy, bitter, and packed with bizarre occurrences.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Unless we are fortunate enough to find some, retreat is inevitable.Explorations in Australia
We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline.
Her heart had not yet received the inevitable summons to respond.Viviette
William J. Locke
At the tollhouse, there were further excuses for delaying the inevitable moment.Other Tales and Sketches
As between child and parent or nurse it is not argued about because it is inevitable.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
- 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 inevitable
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