even·​tu·​al | \i-ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)wəl, -ˈven-chəl, -chü-əl\

Definition of eventual 

1 archaic : contingent, conditional

2 : taking place at an unspecified later time : ultimately resulting they counted on our eventual success

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During the Democratic primary for the Florida gubernatorial race, polls had progressive candidate and eventual winner Andrew Gillum in fourth place, trailing then-frontrunner Gwen Graham by double digits. Li Zhou, Vox, "How pollsters are responding to problems that came up in 2016," 24 Oct. 2018 If anything, hopefully the campaign is a gentle reminder that yes, people do lie on the internet, and yes, people do often amplify facts and opinions based on information or an eventual outcome that aligns with their beliefs. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fake Twitter ad campaign encourages users to be more skeptical on social media," 20 Aug. 2018 The hunt for an eventual outcome to Alisson Becker's future at club level rages on as the Brazil stopper looks to his next World Cup group game against Costa Rica. SI.com, "Conflicting Reports Claim Real Madrid Could Move for Thibaut Courtois While Alisson Saga Rumbles On," 19 June 2018 And the eventual outcome of the Peloponnesian Wars offers sobering lessons for both Xi and Trump. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Are the U.S. and China "Destined for War"?," 2 June 2018 The answer will likely inform the eventual outcome of Playford’s case. Dana Littlefield, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Videographer accuses Sheriff's Department of retaliation for newsgathering tactics," 2 Apr. 2018 Instead, a concern for the eventual outcome of a whole robocar society is of greatest concern. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Enough With the Trolley Problem," 30 Mar. 2018 In Seattle’s eventual 26-20 overtime win, Ryan averaged 50.2 yards on six punts, five of which were downed inside the 20. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The TD pass, the “Walter Payton-like” run and more: Looking at Jon Ryan’s Top 5 Seahawks moments," 20 Aug. 2018 Ryan went to the state semis before losing to eventual state champ Highland Park both times. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Oklahoma commit leaving Colleyville Heritage for district rival," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of eventual

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of eventual

: coming or happening at a later time


even·​tu·​al | \i-ˈven-chə-wəl \

Kids Definition of eventual

: coming at some later time eventual success

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eventually adverb

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