Definition of inevitable in English:



  • 1Certain to happen; unavoidable.

    ‘war was inevitable’
    • ‘It is also probably inevitable that six geologists will not stay unanimous for very long.’
    • ‘He insists tax rises, while economically perilous, are inevitable.’
    • ‘Cognitive decline with age is not inevitable, nor does it necessarily lead to dementia.’
    • ‘The results are averaged across the sample and so there is inevitable variation between the men.’
    • ‘To their credit, they struggled on to the final whistle but the result was inevitable.’
    • ‘The truth is that he lost all his credibility with the Lions in Australia; the end was almost inevitable from then on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While works are not a means of salvation, good works are the inevitable result of salvation.’
    • ‘Some licensees now warn that increased binge drinking will be the inevitable result.’
    • ‘Yet he has a very short fuse, perhaps the inevitable result of coping with his blindness in such a pressurised job.’
    • ‘Deadly as the shoddy milk powder was, the tragedy was, nevertheless, not inevitable.’
    • ‘It recognises that human error is inevitable and should be anticipated.’
    • ‘Nothing in politics is inevitable, not if you fight it hard enough.’
    • ‘Oil price rises would be inevitable, adding to industry's energy bill.’
    • ‘There was, however, an inevitable limit to how far this specialized Asia economic regime could develop.’
    • ‘What is inevitable is that we will continue to grow here and invest here.’
    • ‘After a flying start to the campaign, it was probably inevitable there would be a City dip sooner or later.’
    • ‘I would really prefer that people didn't see me as some sort of lunatic, although that is probably inevitable.’
    • ‘Nick could have been spoilt to bits by his inevitable affection for Kat, had she not been worth falling for.’
    • ‘Necessarily, failure by some is an inevitable part of the competitive process.’
    unavoidable, inescapable, bound to happen, sure to happen, inexorable, unpreventable, assured, certain, for sure, sure, fated, predestined, predetermined, preordained, ineluctable
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1informal So frequently experienced or seen that it is completely predictable.
      ‘the inevitable letter from the bank’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During periods of economic boom, firms should look forward to the inevitable downturn which follows.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's easy to guess the inevitable response because people are genuinely predictable.’
      • ‘The rest are required to push themselves to the extreme of their ability, and injuries are the inevitable result.’
      • ‘It is the dreary, predictable and inevitable question, one to which we have become accustomed.’
      • ‘I torment myself with the inevitable failure I'm going to experience writing about these people.’
      foreseeable, to be expected, only to be expected, expected, par for the course
      View synonyms


the inevitable
  • A situation that is unavoidable.

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


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