Definition of inevitable in English:



  • 1Certain to happen; unavoidable.

    ‘war was inevitable’
    • ‘Yet he has a very short fuse, perhaps the inevitable result of coping with his blindness in such a pressurised job.’
    • ‘While works are not a means of salvation, good works are the inevitable result of salvation.’
    • ‘It recognises that human error is inevitable and should be anticipated.’
    • ‘The results are averaged across the sample and so there is inevitable variation between the men.’
    • ‘Cognitive decline with age is not inevitable, nor does it necessarily lead to dementia.’
    • ‘Necessarily, failure by some is an inevitable part of the competitive process.’
    • ‘Nick could have been spoilt to bits by his inevitable affection for Kat, had she not been worth falling for.’
    • ‘I would really prefer that people didn't see me as some sort of lunatic, although that is probably inevitable.’
    • ‘It is also probably inevitable that six geologists will not stay unanimous for very long.’
    • ‘Nothing in politics is inevitable, not if you fight it hard enough.’
    • ‘There was, however, an inevitable limit to how far this specialized Asia economic regime could develop.’
    • ‘The truth is that he lost all his credibility with the Lions in Australia; the end was almost inevitable from then on.’
    • ‘What is inevitable is that we will continue to grow here and invest here.’
    • ‘To their credit, they struggled on to the final whistle but the result was inevitable.’
    • ‘Oil price rises would be inevitable, adding to industry's energy bill.’
    • ‘Some licensees now warn that increased binge drinking will be the inevitable result.’
    • ‘He insists tax rises, while economically perilous, are inevitable.’
    • ‘After a flying start to the campaign, it was probably inevitable there would be a City dip sooner or later.’
    • ‘Everybody is always trying to hide children from the horrors of life when it is inevitable that they will find them out in the near future.’
    • ‘Deadly as the shoddy milk powder was, the tragedy was, nevertheless, not inevitable.’
    unavoidable, inescapable, bound to happen, sure to happen, inexorable, unpreventable, assured, certain, for sure, sure, fated, predestined, predetermined, preordained, ineluctable
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    1. 1.1informal So frequently experienced or seen that it is completely predictable.
      ‘the inevitable letter from the bank’
      • ‘The rest are required to push themselves to the extreme of their ability, and injuries are the inevitable result.’
      • ‘It's easy to guess the inevitable response because people are genuinely predictable.’
      • ‘I torment myself with the inevitable failure I'm going to experience writing about these people.’
      • ‘They have cited the disruption and policing costs that will result from the inevitable protests.’
      • ‘A strong British navy was expected by the public, as was the inevitable naval victory.’
      • ‘During periods of economic boom, firms should look forward to the inevitable downturn which follows.’
      • ‘It is the dreary, predictable and inevitable question, one to which we have become accustomed.’
      • ‘There is no way of defending myself against the inevitable sense of nostalgia that descends in the weeks after Hogmanay.’
      • ‘Mind you, the hangover will probably have kicked into its inevitable Tired And Crabby phase by then.’
      foreseeable, to be expected, only to be expected, expected, par for the course
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the inevitable
  • A situation that is unavoidable.

    ‘by the morning he had accepted the inevitable’
    • ‘They put out such a defensive line-up, it was tempting to conclude that they had accepted the inevitable.’
    • ‘But in the end, it appeared to be a final, desperate attempt to avoid the inevitable.’
    • ‘But after resisting the inevitable for so long, they had to opt for change.’
    • ‘It was never quite clear what they were fighting for in that battle, to me, they just seemed to be staving off the inevitable.’
    • ‘It takes courage and wisdom to make the best of an imperfect situation and accept the inevitable.’


Late Middle English: from Latin inevitabilis, from in- ‘not’ + evitabilis ‘avoidable’ (from evitare ‘avoid’).