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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of inevitably in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Have weed, will travel But close access to legal marijuana will inevitably have an effect in Wisconsin. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin will soon become an island surrounded by legal weed," 5 June 2019 Maybe someone particularly egregious from her sham pharma job will come back to haunt her — especially since this person will inevitably realize Eleanor's not the real architect. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Season 4 of 'The Good Place' Sounds Like It Will Be the Most Righteous One Yet," 3 May 2019 The orange flames and column of grey and black smoke belching into the pale Parisian sky at dusk augured some new, inevitably lesser era—the near-death of one of the most iconic buildings of western civilization. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 No sooner was that discovery made, though, than one would inevitably see Hulk Hogan standing next to a man who made him look as small as Thunderlips made Rocky look. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Andre the Giant': TV Review," 9 Apr. 2018 Outside Italy, the election was inevitably seen as a rejection of the EU and its single currency. The Economist, "Italy’s discontentWhy the populists won," 8 Mar. 2018 Up there as well is A Very English Scandal, which inevitably makes The Alienist and Escape at Dannemora the category's long shots. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019 Then began his love for movies, watching whatever his dad put on — this inevitably led to him repeating lines from Goodfellas over and over. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Jorge Lendeborg Jr. on the Heart of "Bumblebee," the Importance of "SpongeBob SquarePants," and Impressing His Biggest Critic," 20 Dec. 2018 Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Microplastics will inevitably get into our food — through both the fish on our plates and the water in our bottles. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why Starbucks, Disney, and the EU are all shunning plastic straws," 24 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inevitably.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inevitably

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inevitably

Statistics for inevitably

Last Updated

16 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for inevitably

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

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on inevitably

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for inevitably

Britannica English: Translation of inevitably for Arabic Speakers

Comments on inevitably

What made you want to look up inevitably? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!