in·​ev·​i·​ta·​bly | \ i-ˈne-və-tə-blē How to pronounce inevitably (audio) \

Definition of inevitably

1 : in an inevitable way
2 : as is to be expected inevitably, it rained

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inevitably



  • unnecessarily
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Examples of inevitably in a Sentence

we must inevitably make some sacrifices if we are going to save money
Recent Examples on the Web But the performance falls extremely flat and ends with Kyle begging the house not to vote for him, which is how all of this would inevitably go down. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: A House Divided," 1 Apr. 2021 But, inevitably, some of those jokes can come across as poorly timed, tone-deaf or downright cruel — and often spark backlash. Washington Post, "Boston Tea Party memes dominate Twitter after Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview," 8 Mar. 2021 With such high demand will inevitably come outages. Dallas News, "Dallas braces for record electricity use as temperatures plunge," 11 Feb. 2021 Some hot starters will inevitably come crashing back to Earth. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "NHL debate: Which team's hot start to 2021 season isn't a fluke?," 28 Jan. 2021 Scheduling will continue to be a challenge, as more schools will inevitably face shutdowns. Shawn Mcfarland,, "UConn hockey prepares for first game in two weeks as COVID-19 continues to disrupt college athletics," 10 Dec. 2020 But as many lives as this insidious virus has taken, and will take in the months to come, heart disease will inevitably take more. Fortune, "The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals," 17 Nov. 2020 To cast Sarah Palin as the victim of sexism at the hands of a hypocritical political party — and to use this as a defense against the future sexism that Biden's VP will inevitably face — is a massive stretch of historic interpretation. Sarah Midkiff,, "Sarah Palin Gave Us Plenty Of Things To Criticize That Weren’t Related To Her Gender," 11 Aug. 2020 She's also been unfailingly calm and accessible as tensions inevitably lead to questions about public health decisionmaking. Star Tribune, "The gift of gratitude for those on COVID duty," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inevitably

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inevitably was in the 15th century

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5 Apr 2021

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“Inevitably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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