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inevitable

[in-ev-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛv ɪ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary:
an inevitable conclusion.
2.
sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable:
The inevitable end of human life is death.
noun
3.
that which is unavoidable.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inēvītābilis. See in-3, evitable
Related forms
inevitability, inevitableness, noun
inevitably, adverb
quasi-inevitable, adjective
quasi-inevitably, adverb
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Examples for inevitably
  • Commencement season in academe inevitably brings controversy.
  • Now that other forms of betting abound, racing inevitably suffers.
  • Year-end lists inevitably leave room for debate and criticism, and ours is no exception.
  • The prevailing medical wisdom, he explained to her, was that she would inevitably die in a year or maybe two.
  • Growing edibles inevitably means growing snails, especially because our garden is organic and hospitable to wildlife.
  • So if you have zero tolerance for false positives, some spam will inevitably sneak through.
  • One is that huge power inevitably provokes huge suspicion.
  • Once its watery fuel supply has been cut off, the storm inevitably weakens.
  • Chemical herbicides keep nature at bay for only so long: weeds inevitably develop resistance to the chemicals.
  • There's inevitably a distance between a photographer and his or her subject.
British Dictionary definitions for inevitably

inevitable

/ɪnˈɛvɪtəbəl/
adjective
1.
unavoidable
2.
sure to happen; certain
noun
3.
the inevitable, something that is unavoidable
Derived Forms
inevitability, inevitableness, noun
inevitably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inēvītābilis, from in-1 + ēvītābilis, from ēvītāre to shun, from vītāre to avoid
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Word Origin and History for inevitably
adv.

mid-15c., from inevitable + -ly (2).

inevitable

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin inevitabilis "unavoidable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + evitabilis "avoidable," from evitare "to avoid," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vitare "shun," originally "go out of the way."

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