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

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The backlash to that light sentence spurred the eventual recall of the judge who had presided over the case. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A School Bus Driver Raped a 14-Year-Old Girl. He Won’t Spend a Single Day in Prison," 30 Apr. 2019 This quote came back to haunt Matt, especially when Amy hinted last year that her ex-husband's relationship with his current girlfriend and former Roloff Farms employee, Caryn Chandler, may have contributed to their eventual divorce. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why 'Little People, Big World' Stars Amy and Matt Roloff Divorced," 10 Apr. 2019 And the implication, between this and 2K’s subsidiary Private Division, is that other 2K/Take Two games will follow, which opens the door to an eventual Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release being Epic exclusive as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 is an Epic exclusive, Obsidian shows off The Outer Worlds," 5 Apr. 2019 But amid all of the cheerful talking squirrels and bippity-boppity-boos and eventual happily ever afters (usually involving impossibly small-waisted princesses), Disney decided that all of the mothers must die. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Does Disney Hate Mothers So Much?," 28 Mar. 2019 Investors sensing an eventual victory for Elliott should take a ride on Hyundai Mobis. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Elliott’s Losing Bet in Korea May Yet Win," 26 Oct. 2018 The archaeologist said the altar suggests Kaanul's eventual victory was the result of decades of astute politicking and cultural appropriation, not just battles. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Game of thrones' altar discovered at ancient Maya temple, reveals its secrets," 20 Sep. 2018 The incident occurred in the second quarter of Philadelphia's eventual Game 3 victory. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA fines Justise Winslow $15,000 for stepping on Joel Embiid's mask in Game 3," 20 Apr. 2018 Whatever happened, in an eventual 10-1 Red Sox victory, the kid was just blistered. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "A phenom, yet still a rookie, Shohei Ohtani's third start is charmless," 18 Apr. 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 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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a strong desire or propensity

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