American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impossible to avoid or prevent. See Synonyms at certain.
- adj. Invariably occurring or appearing; predictable: the inevitable changes of the seasons.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not evitable; unavoidable; admitting of no escape or evasion: as, inevitable calamities.
- In a more strict sense, equivalent to an act of God (which see, under act).
- adj. Impossible to avoid or prevent.
- adj. Predictable, or always happening.
- n. Something that is predictable, or cannot be avoided.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. invariably occurring or appearing
- adj. incapable of being avoided or prevented
- n. an unavoidable event
- From Latin inevitabilis ("unavoidable"), from in + evitabilis ("avoidable"), from evitare ("to avoid"), from e ("out") + vitare ("to shun"). (Wiktionary)
“That which binds on all this, makes their escape impossible and their ruin inevitable, is that God will set his eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.”
“Though it did not even now occur to him that what he called the inevitable had hitherto been the alternative he happened to prefer, he was yet obscurely aware that his present difficulty was one not to be conjured by any affectation of indifference.”
“In fact, if Newt wins Florida, he may have built up so much momentum that people start using the word "inevitable" to describe his nomination, rather than Mitt's.”
“Pointing to the recent declines at the top, Mr. Kaplan argues the Occupy protesters have accused the wrong villain by focusing on inequality, which he called an inevitable byproduct of growth.”
“Pointing to the recent declines at the top, Mr. Kaplan argues the Occupy protesters have accused the wrong villain by focusing on inequality, which he called an inevitable byproduct of robust growth.”
“But Mr. Smith said that morale in the section was now good and that hundreds of lawyers had applied for recent job openings there, despite the travel demands and what he described as the inevitable criticism that comes with handling corruption cases.”
“When that lake recedes a mile out as it always has done in inevitable cycles, will these hill pople still walk the then depressing dry malecon or will they retreat to their community clubhouses to await the next rainy cycle?”
“Preparing for the sometimes inevitable is the best policy can do.”
“It was truly serendipitous -- just that morning I was contemplating the 20-year cycle of Japanese Ise shrine and its planned destruction/rebuilding program in the name of inevitable renewal.”
“Death and taxes may be inevitable in life, but in politics what's inevitable is that you will have to face public opinion and the Constitution.”
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