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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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  • The young man was in the air as inescapably as if he were the measles.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • The odium of that reputation was inescapably his, Orson Vane's.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • Had she really bound herself to live, inescapably, in this town called Gopher Prairie?

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • She fought against the answer, but slowly, inescapably, it formed in her mind.

    Bedside Manner William Morrison
  • But at last the feeling of death was tangibly at his own throat; not today, nor tomorrow, probably; but inescapably.

    The Bright Shawl Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for inescapably


incapable of being escaped or avoided
Derived Forms
inescapably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inescapably



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

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