Definition of inevitable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɛvɪtəb(ə)l/


1Certain to happen; unavoidable: war was inevitable
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  • Everybody is always trying to hide children from the horrors of life when it is inevitable that they will find them out in the near future.
  • Nothing in politics is inevitable, not if you fight it hard enough.
  • Deadly as the shoddy milk powder was, the tragedy was, nevertheless, not inevitable.
unavoidable, inescapable, bound to happen, sure to happen, inexorable, unpreventable, assured, certain, for sure, sure, fated, predestined, predetermined, preordained, ineluctable;
necessary, compulsory, required, obligatory, mandatory, prescribed
rare ineludible
1.1 informal So frequently experienced or seen that it is completely predictable: the inevitable letter from the bank
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  • It is the dreary, predictable and inevitable question, one to which we have become accustomed.
  • It's easy to guess the inevitable response because people are genuinely predictable.
  • I torment myself with the inevitable failure I'm going to experience writing about these people.


(the inevitable)
A situation that is unavoidable: by the morning he had accepted the inevitable
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  • It takes courage and wisdom to make the best of an imperfect situation and accept the inevitable.
  • They put out such a defensive line-up, it was tempting to conclude that they had accepted the inevitable.
  • But after resisting the inevitable for so long, they had to opt for change.


Late Middle English: from Latin inevitabilis, from in- 'not' + evitabilis 'avoidable' (from evitare 'avoid').

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