in·​eluc·​ta·​ble | \ ˌi-ni-ˈlək-tə-bəl How to pronounce ineluctable (audio) \

Definition of ineluctable

: not to be avoided, changed, or resisted : inevitable an ineluctable fate

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ineluctability \ ˌi-​ni-​ˌlək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ineluctability (audio) \ noun
ineluctably \ ˌi-​ni-​ˈlək-​tə-​blē How to pronounce ineluctably (audio) \ adverb

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Like drama, wrestling was popular in ancient Greece and Rome. "Wrestler," in Latin, is "luctator," and "to wrestle" is "luctari." "Luctari" also has extended senses - "to struggle," "to strive," or "to contend." "Eluctari" joined "e-" ("ex-") with "luctari," forming a verb meaning "to struggle clear of." "Ineluctabilis" brought in the negative prefix in- to form an adjective describing something that cannot be escaped or avoided. English speakers borrowed the word as "ineluctable" around 1623. Another word that has its roots in "luctari" is "reluctant." Reluctari means "to struggle against" - and someone who is "reluctant" resists or holds back.

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the ineluctable approach of winter had many worried about the cost of heating their homes
Recent Examples on the Web For everything that has a beginning has an end, an ineluctable consequence of the second law of thermodynamics. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Is Death Reversible?," 11 Oct. 2019 Still, one visual element of this erratic opening night had ineluctable power. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "The opening night of Campaign 2020 kind of laid an egg," 27 June 2019 One hundred–plus years of wildland fire suppression and an ever hotter planet make this an ineluctable truth in the American West. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 Democracies are also prone to disorder and corruption, but these are ineluctable features of any political system comprised of selfish and flawed human beings. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 But there remains the ineluctable sense that something is badly, mysteriously wrong—if nothing else, because neither Kawhi nor the Spurs organization seems to need, or want, to clear things up. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "The Silence Around Kawhi Leonard Used to Be Comforting," 18 Apr. 2018 Selection bias might partially explain the high incidence, but head injuries are an ineluctable part of football, and neurologists are continuing to learn more about the relationship between football and CTE. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, "Will Football Survive?," 14 Dec. 2017 Yet like all stars, this palpable humanity comes with an ineluctable facility for both holding the screen and your attention. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "The Versatile and Resilient Amy Adams," 16 Oct. 2017 Gone is the original’s joyful sense of mischief; what’s left is an inoffensive piece of twaddle that never fully appreciates the ineluctable bond between community spirit and a drop of the hard stuff. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Even Laughs Are Rationed in a ‘Whisky Galore!’ Reboot," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of ineluctable

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ineluctable

Latin ineluctabilis, from in- + eluctari to struggle clear of, from ex- + luctari to struggle, wrestle; akin to Latin luxus dislocated — more at lock

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The first known use of ineluctable was circa 1623

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English Language Learners Definition of ineluctable

formal : not able to be avoided or changed

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