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 22-year-old's most eye-catching performance on the international stage wasduring this summer's Under-21 tournament, where his two assists inspired a 3-1 victory over eventual tournament champions Spain. SI.com, "Report: Inter Milan Nears €45M Deal for Cagliari's Nicolo Barella," 9 July 2019 In China, most of the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade are sent to reputable, local shelters throughout the nation for their care and eventual adoption. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Everything You Need to Know about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and How You Can Help End It," 21 June 2019 Pepper Hamilton conducted an investigation in 2016 into Baylor's Title IX compliance efforts that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the demotion and eventual departure of university president Kenneth Starr. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Judge in Baylor lawsuit orders evidence production," 21 June 2019 The four episodes are neatly structured: the first covers the coerced confessions; the second, the trial; the third, the imprisonment and eventual release of the four boys, along with their complicated attempts to reënter society. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "How “When They See Us” and “Chernobyl” Make Us Look," 17 June 2019 The city’s Planning Commission recently rejected a proposal for a change in zoning and eventual renovation of what was once America’s Best Value Inn & Suites on Brecksville Rd. Laura Bednar, cleveland.com, "Independence looks to fill previously crime-ridden hotel," 9 June 2019 Prince Charles is a man who wears many hats—and only one of them is a (eventual) crown. Vogue, "The Royal Family Has Opened a New Bed and Breakfast," 15 May 2019 Jair Bolsonaro, the populist eventual victor, profited from widespread hatred of Lula’s Workers’ Party (PT) because of its catastrophic economic mismanagement and involvement in a vast web of corruption. The Economist, "Brazil’s Lava Jato corruption investigation could self-destruct," 15 June 2019 Against eventual state champion Katy, Vanderford tallied hits in four of her last five plate appearances, compiling two singles, a double and home run. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Topped by Vanderford’s MVP honor, Lady Deer softball earns multiple all-district accolades," 14 June 2019

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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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something desired as essential

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