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[in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈlʌk tə bəl/
incapable of being evaded; inescapable:
an ineluctable destiny.
Antonyms: certain, sure, fated.
1615-25; < Latin inēluctābilis, equivalent to in- in-3 + ēluctā() to force a way out or over, surmount (ē- e-1 + luctārī to wrestle) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
ineluctability, noun
ineluctably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples for ineluctable
  • The first is simply the ever-changing, ineluctable tissue of songs that are popular.
  • The cradle advises, however, that this will ultimately fail through the ineluctable exigencies of demography.
  • Fact is that electronic social integration is ineluctable.
  • The grace of a moving animal, in some ineluctable way, kindles still in us a sense of imitation.
  • We then no longer require the presence of the gods and oracles in order to understand the ineluctable power of fate.
  • It also signifies the convergence of two ineluctable restaurant trends.
  • It is only with hindsight that these developments seem ineluctable.
  • And his poems were easy to memorize, with their ineluctable meters and never-failing rhymes.
  • Chance seemed to be an ineluctable element of the quantum world.
  • The crucial point is that the activity of thinking provides an intense and ineluctable experience of plurality.
British Dictionary definitions for ineluctable


(esp of fate) incapable of being avoided; inescapable
Derived Forms
ineluctability, noun
ineluctably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inēluctābilis, from in-1 + ēluctārī to escape, from luctārī to struggle
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Word Origin and History for ineluctable
1623, from L. ineluctabilis "unavoidable, inevitable," from in- "not" + eluctari "to struggle out of," from ex- "out" + luctari "to struggle."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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