even·​tu·​al | \ i-ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce eventual (audio) , -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

Examples of eventual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Friday Facebook opened the door for an eventual return of former President Donald Trump to the platform, but reaffirmed that his account will remains suspended for at least two years. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Do her bonds with Christoph and Johannes — whose eventual return sends the plot spiraling toward tragedy — reflect the conflicted spirit of Berlin itself, struggling to reconcile the old and the new? Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Its testing facilities closed for about a month last spring, but have been open ever since, with those workers coming back in phases to an eventual full return. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 17 May 2021 The 2,300-pound rover will start collecting samples of Martian rock for eventual return to earth. Paul Best, Fox News, 8 May 2021 Other finance companies are also beginning to set policies for an eventual return. Annie Massa, Fortune, 4 May 2021 Like many companies, Zoom is planning an eventual return to its offices, Mr. Yuan said. Chip Cutter, WSJ, 4 May 2021 The stage will remain on its side on the VAB’s transfer aisle for about a month as NASA and lead contractor Boeing go through steps prepping it for its eventual return to an upright state, the last time it will be propped up before liftoff. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Per a statement from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Picasso stored the artworks in his family home upon his eventual return to Paris. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of eventual

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of eventual was in 1645

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10 Jun 2021

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“Eventual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eventual. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eventual

: coming or happening at a later time


even·​tu·​al | \ i-ˈven-chə-wəl How to pronounce eventual (audio) \

Kids Definition of eventual

: coming at some later time eventual success

Other Words from eventual

eventually adverb


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