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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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  • But, whatever be the underlying educational philosophy, the selective value of the curriculum is an inescapable fact.

  • This "within us" is one of the inescapable original revelations.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • These were the red letter days in her vernal calendar, and were inescapable outings, for her memory was tenacious.

  • The law is inescapable, for an action is either lawful or unlawful.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • No, Jandron's men made sure there were no helmets left here, and without helmets this ship is an inescapable prison.

    The Sargasso of Space Edmond Hamilton
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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