Examples of inevitable in a Sentence
The captain of archers fidgeted and coughed and rolled his eyes at his men, as if such cupidity and dishonor were an inevitable but minor aspect of the human predicament … —Michael Chabon, New York Times Magazine, 6 May 2007
In a society that has gold-plated everything from hubcaps to teeth, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would find a way to add some bling to bacteria. —Zach Zorich, Discover, February 2006
The Vikings disappeared, but the Inuit survived, proving that human survival in Greenland was not impossible and the Vikings' disappearance not inevitable. —Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005
getting wet is inevitable if you are going to try to give your dog a bath
Recent Examples of inevitable from the Web
The Big 12 expansion that seemed inevitable never happened.
This came with inevitable layoffs of staffers and editors alike, adding MTV to the long list of outlets cutting editorial teams in favor of visual content.
And then the inevitable reality is just, well, underwhelming.
And virus outbreaks are not inevitable as long as humans keep their distance.
With the lines between traditional and new media becoming blurred—and given the enormous cash reserves of these companies—sports league partnerships are inevitable. •
In several areas of South Florida, those stops were already inevitable.
But Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, a Meriden Democrat, and others said that tolls are inevitable in the same way that neighboring states and others along the Eastern Seaboard are currently collecting money seven days a week from motorists.
Now is the time for Congress, state and local governments and the business community to take bold, decisive actions to slow down and mitigate the inevitable impacts of climate change.
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Absolutely Inevitable (or Not)
Inevitable can occasionally be found used as a noun (“the inevitable had come to pass”), but more frequently it is encountered as an adjective. Some, in fact, would classify this word not only as an adjective, but as a special kind: the absolute adjective. Absolute adjectives permit little or no variation, and cannot (in the view of some) be used in the comparative or superlative form. For instance, a person may be dead or not, but cannot be the deadest among other dead people. This neat classification seems logical enough, yet it does not apply in all situations. After all, we often speak of things as dead in a non-biological sense; can a ball that is dead (not fully inflated) be deader than another ball? Of course it can. Similar attempts to impose the "absolute" label have been made in the case of inevitable. Some consider it improper to modify the word, arguing that “almost inevitable” is illogical. Yet these two words have been successfully paired together since at least 1576, when Abraham Flemming, in a translation of Cicero, wrote, “in what snares (almost ineuitable) of vnluckinesse we be intangled.”
Origin and Etymology of inevitable
Middle English, from Latin inevitabilis, from in- + evitabilis evitable
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: sure to happen
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