Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring at an unspecified time in the future: his eventual failure.
  • adj. Archaic Dependent on circumstance; contingent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to events.
  • adj. Inevitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Coming or happening as a consequence or result; consequential.
  • adj. Final; ultimate.
  • adj. Dependent on events; contingent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the event or issue; happening or to happen or exist finally; ultimate: as, his eventual success was unexpected.
  • Contingent upon a future or as yet unknown event; depending upon an uncertain event; that may happen or come about: as, an eventual succession.
  • Synonyms Ultimate, Conclusive, etc. See final.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expected to follow in the indefinite future from causes already operating

Etymologies

French éventuel, from Latin ēventus, outcome; see event.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He points to the embattled housing market, worsening job outlook and deepening fiscal woes to back his contention that investors should be getting out their umbrellas to deal with what he calls the eventual "3D hurricane" of soaring debt and deficits and aging demographics.

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  • AP -- Berkshire Hathaway has hired a second hedge fund manager to help run the company's investment portfolio and prepare for what it described as the eventual retirement of 81-year-old billionaire Warren Buffett.

  • Berkshire Hathaway has hired a second hedge fund manager to help run the company's investment portfolio and prepare for what it described as the eventual retirement of 81-year-old billionaire Warren Buffett.

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  • Belén Proaño of Temas Para Debatir [es] writes about Espejo's role in eventual independence:

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  • The Third Quarter begins to express the difficulties and limitations of extraction, which result in eventual diminishment of supply.

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  • The long struggle, as we all know, resulted in eventual victory for the Commons.

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  • That may remain true, but "eventual" -- the ability to look to some time in the future -- is what we no longer have.

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  • Going down that intellectual path that would take us into complex discussions about such theoretical frameworks as functionalism, structuralism, Marxism, intellectualism, and postmodernism, among others. 32 Although I do think it is important to acknowledge these scholarly approaches because they are important in eventual theory-building, at the same time too much of the focus on the paradigmatic aspect of the debate seems, at least to a point, to neglect interest in the growth of knowledge in favor of the interest of engaging in scholarly debate.

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  • The end result of Barry Goldwater/Ronald Reagan conservatism will result in eventual revolution along French or Russian models, it’s too dated, presumes to much incorrect assumptions about the ideas of Roosevelt and Truman.

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  • Even explanations of God’s power at work only results in eventual secularization of the community.

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