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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But her biggest beef was with the season’s eventual winner Sharon Needles. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "10 of the Best Reads in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Herstory," 2 July 2018 The only notable exception to this rule so far has been the race for the party nod in Texas’ Dallas-area 32nd district, where Gillibrand backed Lillian Salerno and Harris sided with Colin Allred, the eventual winner. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats’ 2020 Hopefuls Refuse to Disagree (on the Midterms)," 1 July 2018 The 4-year-old gelding was in tight in the early stages off a slow pace upfront and then struggled to find room in the stretch allowing the eventual winner to get the jump on him and beat him to the wire. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "Twinspires.com's free expert pick for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 29 June 2018 The eventual winner will be the only candidate on the ballot in November. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Marilyn Bentley leads Democratic race for Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court," 27 June 2018 History has already been made in a number of ways, even if not all of them are relevant to the eventual winner. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to know as the World Cup escalates," 25 June 2018 Johnson crashed on the 18th lap while racing for the lead with eventual winner Daryn Pitman, and his car went through the Turn 3 billboards, according to witnesses at the track and watching the webcast. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "World of Outlaws star hospitalized after serious crash at Beaver Dam Raceway," 24 June 2018 After his release, Register presented the card to local police, resulting in Plummer’s arrest and eventual conviction. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 The corridor could soon move to the next level of federal environmental study required for eventual construction. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Hyperloop or high-speed rail: which will whoosh through Texas first?," 11 July 2018

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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

Other Words from eventual

eventually adverb

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evasion of direct action or statement

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