ineluctable

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adjective in·eluc·ta·ble \ ˌi-ni-ˈlək-tə-bəl \

Definition of ineluctable

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

ineluctability

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ineluctably

play \ˌi-ni-ˈlək-tə-blē\ adverb

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Examples of ineluctable in a Sentence

  1. the ineluctable approach of winter had many worried about the cost of heating their homes

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of ineluctable

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


INELUCTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

ineluctable

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Definition of ineluctable for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be avoided or changed



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