Definition of eventual in English:



  • [attributive] Occurring or existing at the end of or as a result of a process or period of time.

    ‘it's impossible to predict the eventual outcome of the competition’
    • ‘The eventual aim is to provide a courts complex suitable for modern needs.’
    • ‘It may make it difficult to accept and process eventual failure to cope.’
    • ‘They feel betrayed and so there may yet be another set of demonstrations and another eventual change in power.’
    • ‘The eventual aim is to restore Swindon's stately home to its former Georgian glory.’
    • ‘Whatever the eventual result of these present problems, Labour MPs feel let down.’
    • ‘The borough will try to reissue them but admits that a legal challenge to the eventual result is a real prospect.’
    • ‘I think this is because they know that my eventual weapon will be my vocal chords.’
    • ‘They might take consolation in the thought that the eventual destination of those so purged is paradise.’
    • ‘What savings they do have is normally earmarked for an eventual down payment on a house or condo.’
    • ‘This way we'd have some control over the process and the eventual outcome.’
    • ‘This process is almost as important as the eventual winner to Soho Theatre.’
    • ‘My notes do not give me the other match results or indeed the eventual winners of the League.’
    • ‘This is unlikely to alter the eventual outcome, but might ensure that it is achieved with a vestige of dignity.’
    • ‘Funnily enough, one of the few things that isn't bothering me is the eventual prospect of an interview.’
    • ‘The early period is one of explosive experimentation, with the eventual winner hard to see.’
    • ‘In turn, the farm shows the result of the evolution and the eventual takeover of machinery from horses.’
    • ‘After A-levels our son hopes to go to university to read maths, with the eventual aim of teaching.’
    • ‘Too much moisture or rain causes mustiness in the eventual taste and so the beans area heaped up at night against the dew.’
    • ‘What gets completely buried is the eventual outcome of subsequent investigations.’
    • ‘I'm wondering whether I should stuff some in plastic bags and save it for eventual sculpting.’
    final, ultimate, concluding, closing, endmost, end, terminal
    resulting, ensuing, consequent, subsequent
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘relating to an event or events’): from Latin eventus (see event), on the pattern of actual.