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
Investigations by Congress and federal agencies are inevitable.
For his part, Mr. Bannon sees the United States as headed toward an inevitable confrontation with two adversaries — China and Iran.
And with the Golden State Warriors continuing to fly high in the West, a rematch of last year’s N.B.A. finals feels more and more inevitable.
In some ways, a search for a new Turkish identity was inevitable.
The disintegration that until that moment was unimaginable suddenly seemed inevitable.
To Jedwab, the eclipse of Canadian teams is an inevitable consequence of the sport’s growth through American expansion.
The cornerstone of optimism is the willingness to believe that the inevitable is desirable.
No votes have yet been cast, primary elections are fluid, and sobriety often prevails, so Mr. Trump is hardly the inevitable Republican nominee.
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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 century
INEVITABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inevitable for English Language Learners
: sure to happen
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