Definition of ineluctable in US English:



  • Unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable.

    ‘the ineluctable facts of history’
    • ‘In fact, if one accepts the argument above, the ineluctable conclusion is that Section 4 might actually facilitate the mandatory death sentence.’
    • ‘Both were fighting the ineluctable tide of history.’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is basic and ineluctable: we need these lists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, white-collar boxers have to get used the ineluctable fact that even the best fighters take their share of punches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That was an ineluctable fact with which, on the day, the reasonable hypothetical purchaser was faced.’
    • ‘They don't dare to get to grips with the ineluctable dreariness of what is going on.’
    • ‘Are human events triggered by the ineluctable mechanisms of systems - whether geopolitical or genetic - that are beyond our agency?’
    • ‘It is a slow but ineluctable process of erasure.’
    • ‘If this is so, then every event in nature is bound in chains of ineluctable necessity.’
    • ‘For Dedalus, as for James Joyce, Irish history was an ineluctable, disabling miasma of piety, nationalism and superstition.’
    • ‘Familiar to all doctors, ‘a natural history’ suggests a disease process moving to its ineluctable end.’
    • ‘The ineluctable result is ever-lengthening wait lists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What happened to the influential intellectuals and the trustworthy journalists explaining the ineluctable consequences of your present policies?’
    • ‘He radiates an ineluctable lightness of being.’
    • ‘But despite the ineluctable force of modernization it's surprising how strongly and deeply rooted this callous disregard for women is.’
    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’.