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[uhn-uh-voi-duh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈvɔɪ də bəl/
unable to be avoided; inevitable:
an unavoidable delay.
Origin of unavoidable
1570-80; un-1 + avoidable
Related forms
unavoidability, unavoidableness, noun
unavoidably, adverb
inescapable, unpreventable, fated, sure, certain. Unabridged
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  • Both may be unavoidable realities for some legs of your trip, but because of their greenhouse-gas emissions, use them judiciously.
  • Boss adds that this is somewhat unavoidable, because of the wide variety of objects in our solar system.
  • It's not illegal for fishers to be near alligators, she added, and sometimes it's downright unavoidable.
  • Being outside is unavoidable with such a tremendous amount of wind and rain.
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  • And when it comes to investing, taxes are unavoidable as well.
  • One should never call out a name in public, unless it is absolutely unavoidable.
  • But since contact with him is sometimes unavoidable, they have devised a means whereby the sinner can escape with his life.
  • Fate, however, is to all appearances more unavoidable than unexpected.
British Dictionary definitions for unavoidable


unable to be avoided; inevitable
(law) not capable of being declared null and void
Derived Forms
unavoidability, unavoidableness, noun
unavoidably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unavoidable

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + avoidable. Related: Unavoidably.

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