"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈlʌk tə bəl/
incapable of being evaded; inescapable:
an ineluctable destiny.
Antonyms: certain, sure, fated.
Origin of ineluctable
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ineluctably
  • Coal combustion ineluctably introduces metals as part of the mineral matter of the fuel.
  • The modality of the visible is ineluctably textual: to see is to read.
  • In the physical world evidence is left behind that ineluctably follows the laws of physics and chemistry.
  • Three of the four elements of claim preclusion ineluctably exist here.
  • Any pro-growth stance leads one, ineluctably, to support legislation to boost productivity and to facilitate e-commerce.
British Dictionary definitions for ineluctably


(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
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ineluctably



"not to be escaped by struggling," 1620s, from Latin ineluctabilis "unavoidable, inevitable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + eluctari "to struggle out of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + luctari "to struggle" (see reluctance).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ineluctable

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ineluctably

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ineluctably