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Examples of ineluctable in a Sentence
the ineluctable approach of winter had many worried about the cost of heating their homes
Recent Examples of ineluctable from the Web
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.
In both, the Far North exhibits an attraction that turns ineluctable, then fatal.
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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.
Synonymscertain, inevitable, ineludible, inescapable, necessary, sure, unavoidable, unescapable
Antonymsavoidable, evadable, uncertain, unsure
Related Wordsdecided, definite, settled; likely, possible, probable; destined, fated, foreordained, predestined, predetermined, preordained; inexorable, relentless, unremitting, unstoppable
Near Antonymspreventable (also preventible); doubtful, dubious, questionable, shaky, unclear; undecided, unsettled; undependable, unreliable; improbable, unlikely
INELUCTABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ineluctable for English Language Learners
: not able to be avoided or changed
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