[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

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Contemporary Examples of inevitably

Historical Examples of inevitably

  • All day he had noticed how inevitably the conversation turned to the young surgeon.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • As inevitably as the night followed the day, she was losing her game.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • There must inevitably come a great crash, and Mr. Wade's interest was aroused.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • However successful he may be in other directions, he will inevitably fail in this.

  • And I have reason to believe so too—since if you stay, you will inevitably be Solmes's wife.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for inevitably



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 inevitably

mid-15c., from inevitable + -ly (2).



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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