American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Possible to avoid; avoidable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being shunned; avoidable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Avoidable.
- adj. capable of being avoided or warded off
- From Latin evitabilis ("avoidable"), from evitare ("to avoid"), from e ("out") + vitare ("to shun"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēvītābilis, from ēvītāre, to shun : ex-, ex- + vītāre, to avoid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I also failed to predict the Catholic Bishops' forcing the president into overtime in Birth Control Bowl MMXII, or Rick Santorum's trifecta on Tuesday night is it time to officially downgrade Romney from inevitable GOP nominee to evitable GOP nominee?”
“That's why when government deregulalized lending subprime lenders came in and took advantage of the uneducated and corporations backed this quick windfall knowing the evitable crisis that would come but also knowing they would get a parachute or a government bailout.”
“The Hillary campaign decided to largely ignore him and simply appear "inevitable" until it was too late and they were supremely "evitable".”
“And commenter "Petey" in this Yglesias post makes as good an argument as I've seen that Obama is very evitable, and that Edwards and Clinton are still very much alive.”
“Sidenote 1: Most development professionals will tell you that urbanization and the specialization of labor that takes place is evitable as a country continues to progress along its road of development.”
“The idea, however, is to persuade you to stay on the horse, despite the evitable disappointment, in the 'hope' that things will change.”
“But yes, "invevitable and uninevitable" (or "evitable?") are not the most illuminating categories.”
“This leads to an evitable loss of their medical license and right to practice their chosen profession.”
“Turns out a certain inevitability has proven to be highly evitable.”
“But then the evitable happened when a single man and woman are friends.”
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by Jack Winter
Published 25 July 1994, The New Yorker
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