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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Examples of inevitably in a Sentence

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

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If leaders won’t run the euro in a way that profligate productivity laggards can drop out, then taxpayers in healthier states will inevitably have to open their checkbooks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Costs of the Euro," 23 Nov. 2018 The fight between their tech champions in other markets will inevitably have political overtones. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 And so the movement to assign a trans identity to children who exhibit gender dysphoria has some great benefits, in relieving acute psychic pressure, but also inevitably, has some drawbacks. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 Perhaps inevitably, the play has to spend a lot of time explaining this situation rather than allowing the characters to fully express themselves. Chris Jones,, "'Madres' at Teatro Vista tells an Argentine story of protest in a dirty war, with 'Jane the Virgin' star in the cast," 2 May 2018 But because presidents are judged by the legislative body, the instrument inevitably has a political component. Javier Corrales, Washington Post, "The threat of impeachment can push presidents out the door. But there’s a catch.," 11 Apr. 2018 He was warned that these words would potentially, maybe even perhaps inevitably, have consequences. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why the New York Times won’t sell itself to a billionaire," 5 Nov. 2018 In other words, the channel owner might not be getting paid, but YouTube, inevitably, is. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 2018 Seven years after fans last saw Constance Langdon hanging around the Murder House, Jessica Lange has finally returned to American Horror Story looking perfectly coifed and, inevitably, perfectly evil. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ryan Murphy Finally Shared the First Look at Jessica Lange's Return to American Horror Story," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of inevitably

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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