Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

inevitable

play
adjective in·ev·i·ta·ble \i-ˈne-və-tə-bəl\

Simple Definition of inevitable

  • : sure to happen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inevitable

  1. :  incapable of being avoided or evaded <an inevitable outcome>

inevitability

play \-ˌne-və-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

inevitableness

play \-ˈne-və-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of inevitable in a sentence

  1. The captain of archers fidgeted and coughed and rolled his eyes at his men, as if such cupidity and dishonor were an inevitable but minor aspect of the human predicament … —Michael Chabon, New York Times Magazine, 6 May 2007

  2. In a society that has gold-plated everything from hubcaps to teeth, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would find a way to add some bling to bacteria. —Zach Zorich, Discover, February 2006

  3. The Vikings disappeared, but the Inuit survived, proving that human survival in Greenland was not impossible and the Vikings' disappearance not inevitable. —Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005

  4. <getting wet is inevitable if you are going to try to give your dog a bath>



Origin and Etymology of inevitable

Middle English, from Latin inevitabilis, from in- + evitabilis evitable


First Known Use: 14th century



INEVITABLE Defined for Kids

inevitable

play
adjective in·ev·i·ta·ble \i-ˈne-və-tə-bəl\

Definition of inevitable for Students

  1. :  sure to happen :  certain <It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>

inevitably

\-blē\ adverb




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up inevitable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

torrent rebellion interruption megillah
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ