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[ih-vent-fuh l] /ɪˈvɛnt fəl/
full of events or incidents, especially of a striking character:
an exciting account of an eventful life.
having important issues or results; momentous.
Origin of eventful
1590-1600; event + -ful
Related forms
eventfully, adverb
eventfulness, noun
1. noteworthy, memorable, unforgettable. Unabridged
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  • His long and eventful life was spent in a variety of pursuits.
  • It was a momentous and eventful day to all upon our plantation.
  • And so concludes the odd but eventful saga known as life.
  • His surge keeps going what has already proved to be a bizarre and eventful story.
  • It then flashes back to an account of her long, eventful life.
  • Her high profile prompted scrutiny of her eventful childhood.
  • Wild horses have a long, colorful and eventful history.
  • It is impossible to overstate the excitement which pervaded the entire community through this eventful week.
British Dictionary definitions for eventful


full of events or incidents: an eventful day
Derived Forms
eventfully, adverb
eventfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for eventful

c.1600, from event + -ful. In Shakespeare, once, and no record of it between then and Johnson's "Dictionary." Related: Eventfully; eventfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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