Definition of ineluctable in English:



  • Unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable.

    ‘the ineluctable facts of history’
    • ‘The ineluctable result is ever-lengthening wait lists.’
    • ‘He radiates an ineluctable lightness of being.’
    • ‘That was an ineluctable fact with which, on the day, the reasonable hypothetical purchaser was faced.’
    • ‘Think back over the past six months and it becomes ineluctable: never in the history of modern warfare has so much been found so opportunely.’
    • ‘What happened to the influential intellectuals and the trustworthy journalists explaining the ineluctable consequences of your present policies?’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is basic and ineluctable: we need these lists.’
    • ‘Familiar to all doctors, ‘a natural history’ suggests a disease process moving to its ineluctable end.’
    • ‘The end acquires this ineluctable and dangerous feeling logic that did surprise me.’
    • ‘Welfare improvement due to comparative advantage is a mechanistic outcome; no ineluctable policy prescription can be drawn solely on its basis.’
    • ‘They don't dare to get to grips with the ineluctable dreariness of what is going on.’
    • ‘It was not the only engine, of course, and certainly did not set out deliberately to achieve the growing inequalities, but that was the ineluctable result.’
    • ‘But despite the ineluctable force of modernization it's surprising how strongly and deeply rooted this callous disregard for women is.’
    • ‘In fact, if one accepts the argument above, the ineluctable conclusion is that Section 4 might actually facilitate the mandatory death sentence.’
    • ‘If this is so, then every event in nature is bound in chains of ineluctable necessity.’
    • ‘Are human events triggered by the ineluctable mechanisms of systems - whether geopolitical or genetic - that are beyond our agency?’
    • ‘Both were fighting the ineluctable tide of history.’
    • ‘It is a slow but ineluctable process of erasure.’
    • ‘Of course, white-collar boxers have to get used the ineluctable fact that even the best fighters take their share of punches.’
    • ‘For Dedalus, as for James Joyce, Irish history was an ineluctable, disabling miasma of piety, nationalism and superstition.’
    inescapable, inevitable, bound to happen, sure to happen, unpreventable, inexorable, assured, certain, for sure, sure, fated, predestined, predetermined, preordained, necessary, compulsory, required, obligatory, mandatory, prescribed, out of one's hands
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Early 17th century: from Latin ineluctabilis, from in- ‘not’ + eluctari ‘struggle out’.