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[in-uh-skey-puh-buh l] /ˌɪn əˈskeɪ pə bəl/
incapable of being escaped, ignored, or avoided; ineluctable:
inescapable responsibilities.
Origin of inescapable
1785-95; in-3 + escapable
Related forms
inescapableness, noun
inescapably, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for inescapable


incapable of being escaped or avoided
Derived Forms
inescapably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inescapable

1792, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + escapable (see escape). Related: Inescapably.

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