Definition of unavoidable in English:



  • Not able to be avoided, prevented, or ignored; inevitable.

    ‘the natural and unavoidable consequences of growing old’
    • ‘It is the unavoidable and serious consequence of non-submission which lies at the heart of coercion.’
    • ‘As we have 2 in our dept and others in the same building, its been pretty much unavoidable all day really.’
    • ‘There are two principal disadvantages to being gay, one social and unnecessary and the other unavoidable.’
    • ‘Drivers will face unavoidable delays while work is carried out on a new roundabout in Witham.’
    • ‘The police said straightaway, without investigation, that the accident was unavoidable.’
    • ‘Today's wars might seem unavoidable or necessary, but they no longer seem good.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it was unavoidable, and apparently produced despair in the members of the workshop.’
    • ‘Like most of us, Manne was glad to be released from the unavoidable burdens of anticommunism.’
    • ‘Although Vaughan's injury was unavoidable, it is not the first time he has been struck down at Headingley.’
    • ‘The courts are not always good at distinguishing between preventable and unavoidable deaths.’
    • ‘During the public consultation period it said it would need to be satisfied that the increases were unavoidable.’
    • ‘Violations are more and more resented in places where previously they had been ignored or seen as unavoidable.’
    • ‘Friday's reform package was therefore an unavoidable consequence of last year's breakdown.’
    • ‘The reactive oxygen species are produced as an unavoidable consequence of aerobic metabolism.’
    • ‘We thought long and hard about involving other people, but we thought it was necessary and unavoidable.’
    • ‘The council argues that this is necessary as part of an unavoidable programme of cutbacks.’
    • ‘Well, I tried my best to avoid this pocket of socialism, but it was just unavoidable.’
    • ‘The provision of emergency cover is a growing problem and an unavoidable consequence of specialisation.’
    • ‘The issue of succession necessitated by Dewar's death is painful but unavoidable.’
    • ‘Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Dr Roy Palmer said the tragedy had been unavoidable.’
    inescapable, inevitable, bound to happen, sure to happen, unpreventable, inexorable, assured, certain, for sure, sure, fated, predestined, predetermined, preordained, ineluctable, necessary, compulsory, required, obligatory, mandatory, prescribed, out of one's hands
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