in·ev·i·ta·bly | \i-ˈne-və-tə-blē \

Definition of inevitably 

1 : in an inevitable way

2 : as is to be expected inevitably, it rained

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we must inevitably make some sacrifices if we are going to save money

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The main goal of the policy was to prosecute adults who illegally crossed the southern border, which inevitably caused the separation of families. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Nationwide "Families Belong Together" Protests on June 30," 22 June 2018 Mrs May’s proposals, which have already tested many Tories’ loyalties to breaking point, will inevitably be made even harder to swallow in the course of the negotiations. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 This focus has inevitably made a chicken-sized bird one of the most contentious aspects of Zinke’s 16 months in office. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018 From a burden-sharing point of view, that sounds great — but from the point of view of neighbors who still view Japan as a threat, and see those developments sparking an arms race, one that would inevitably turn nuclear, not so much. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "These Are the Questions Foreign-Policy Experts Are Asking About the Trump-Kim Summit," 13 June 2018 Through the pain that life inevitably will give you, a point of liberation can be discovered. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Ranking Every Song From Kanye West's 'Ye' Album: Critic's Picks," 1 June 2018 With all major domestic club issues save for the small matter of the Champions League final now settled, thoughts are inevitably turning towards the opening game in Russia, now just less than two weeks away., "Enjoy the 2018 World Cup–Because It's All Change From 2022 On," 31 May 2018 By contrast, detective shows—often shot outdoors these days—offer clouds that inevitably give way to sunshine. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Truth-Affirming Powers of a Good, Old-Fashioned Netflix Binge," 23 May 2018 Translation: In most families, there is somebody who inevitably makes a bad decision and does something stupid that requires discipline. Mike Bianchi,, "Memo to Orlando City supporter groups: You are the best fans this city has ever had," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of inevitably

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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