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unavoidable Line breaks: un|avoid¦able
Pronunciation: /ʌnəˈvɔɪdəb(ə)l/

Definition of unavoidable in English:


Not able to be avoided, prevented, or ignored; inevitable: the natural and unavoidable consequences of growing old
More example sentences
  • Violations are more and more resented in places where previously they had been ignored or seen as unavoidable.
  • Friday's reform package was therefore an unavoidable consequence of last year's breakdown.
  • Drivers will face unavoidable delays while work is carried out on a new roundabout in Witham.
inescapable, inevitable, bound/sure to happen, unpreventable, inexorable, assured, certain, for sure, sure, fated, predestined, predetermined, preordained, ineluctable, necessary, compulsory, required, obligatory, mandatory, prescribed, out of one's hands
rare ineludible


Pronunciation: /ʌnəvɔɪdəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Inevitability means unavoidability, and if you think about what avoiding means, then you realize that in a deterministic world there's lots of avoidance.
  • This leads me to believe that there is a certain amount of preference involved in being homosexual and it is not the unconditional unavoidability that homosexuals suggest.
  • Williams has a comparable interrogative edge, a sense of the difficulty of doing justice to the complexity and sheer intractability of reality, and of the unavoidability of tragedy, conflict and fragmentariness.
Pronunciation: /ʌnəˈvɔɪdəbli/
Example sentences
  • Inevitably, unavoidably, taxes will have to rise.
  • I like to argue that, similarly, a certain amount of unavoidably rubbish parenting is good for the character.
  • The stunning growth in the economies of China and India will inevitably and unavoidably increase pollution.
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