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

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Fashion Week is where all the major trends that inevitably take over your wardrobe begin. Ana Colón, Glamour, "The Most Wearable Spring 2019 Trends From New York Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2018 These are inevitably going to come down the pike, these mergers, as these companies get more and more powerful. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim talks antitrust on Recode Decode," 1 Sep. 2018 But the question remains how Apple will react when, inevitably, people take issue with the decisions its editors make. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Apple Tries to Avoid Facebook's Mistakes With 2018 Midterms," 26 June 2018 As aircraft grow older, their parts inevitably wear out at a faster rate, meaning the planes spend more time undergoing maintenance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-22 Stealth Fighter Receives First New 3D-Printed Part," 22 Jan. 2019 Here's how to deal with loneliness when you inevitably get hit with the blues. 1. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," 11 Jan. 2019 That’s one of the reasons Democrats have been so wary about raising their voters’ expectations on impeachment: because if Senate Republicans continue to support Trump, the quest will inevitably end in failure. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 Within the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope have to square away a painful reality: how friendships inevitably change when life goals diverge. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Wreck-It Ralph 2 review: Everything we wish Ready Player One had been," 21 Nov. 2018 Trump and everything else that is happening here shows that there is a deep discontent and an attempt to look for other ways, which may turn out, and almost inevitably will turn out, to be misguided at first. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: All Eyes on U.S.A.," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inevitably

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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