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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Examples of inevitably in a Sentence

we must inevitably make some sacrifices if we are going to save money
Recent Examples on the Web As the Iowa caucus disintegrated, public confidence in the process inevitably went with it. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Confusion and embarrassment in Iowa: What went wrong, and what happens next?," 4 Feb. 2020 That process is inevitably going to be complicated and flawed and various constituencies are likely to be unhappy. NBC News, "Rule change by Democrats could help Bloomberg," 1 Feb. 2020 The situation was inevitably going to come to a head. Fox News, "UK woman organized 'medieval duel' to the death between husband, lover to win her affection, prosecutors say," 5 Dec. 2019 There are some places in Arizona that inevitably are going to have to stop farming. Bill Hatcher, National Geographic, "Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?," 12 Nov. 2019 The first loss inevitably was going to be painful for the 49ers, who quickly have risen to the top of the NFL heap and developed a strong collective self-belief. Scott Ostler,, "49ers’ dream season veers off-road in OT loss to Seahawks," 11 Nov. 2019 Still, new technology is inevitably going to be part of the evolution of content moderation. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Reddit Birthed a Community of Digital Vigilantes," 1 Nov. 2019 For such a small squad, Thursday night football was inevitably going to take its toll, but Nuno Espirito Santo's men need to overcome that barrier some way or another., "Wolves Premier League Month in Review: September - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 4 Oct. 2019 While lake levels have returned, Markoe said that the levels will inevitably go down again, and that levels are only up now because of seasons of high rainfall. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "White Bear Lake flourishes this summer with high water levels, but impending lawsuit looms," 14 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Feb 2020

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“Inevitably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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