in·​vari·​ably | \ (ˌ)in-ˈver-ē-ə-blē \

Definition of invariably

: on every occasion : always invariably late

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Examples of invariably in a Sentence

their slacker son invariably gives the same response to the questions about his career plans

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And in big aerospace development programs, things invariably go wrong. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 Now Clarke has displayed her feminist credentials again by calling out a sexist interview question — one invariably posed to actresses who play female leads in films and TV shows. Nick Levine,, "Why Emilia Clarke Is Over Calling Female Characters Strong," 20 May 2018 But like appropriations, that’s something the majority of the Senate typically works out by negotiating with the minority that invariably insists on the leisurely pace the chamber’s rules allow. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "McConnell May Cancel August Recess To Keep Democrats From Going Home to Campaign," 16 May 2018 Though postmodernism would seem to be a challenge to every sort of truth claim, postmodernists are, in practice, almost invariably on the political left. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, WSJ, "Truth Isn’t the Problem—We Are," 15 Mar. 2018 It’s in writing invariably, and has to be by DOJ policy. Jen Kirby, Vox, "How to flip a witness, as explained by a former federal prosecutor," 3 Aug. 2018 Sine die can be a stressful and contentious occasion, but the tension is almost invariably mixed with an air of festivity and frivolity. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "What is sine die?," 9 Apr. 2018 Though generally regarded as a French film, the original and better version is in English, which is almost invariably what gets shown in the states. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Television This Week on Filmstruck: Anna Magnani," 19 Jan. 2018 The recriminations that invariably follow an improbable event all too often ascribe an inevitability to a result which wasn’t inevitable at all and which in truth can most honestly be credited simply to bad luck. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Welcome To The Highly Probable World of Improbability," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of invariably

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of invariably was in 1646

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