sooner or later

adverb

Definition of sooner or later

: at some uncertain future time : sometime

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Synonyms for sooner or later

Synonyms

eventually, finally, someday, sometime, ultimately, yet

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Examples of sooner or later in a Sentence

sooner or later, the police are going to track down the burglar

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The whole American Constitution and representative democracy is built on sooner or later there coming a time of constructive compromise. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson wonder if democracy can survive, in fact or fiction," 3 June 2018 Either outcome would mean a change of leadership for Spain and would send the country sooner or later to new elections. New York Times, "In Spain, Mariano Rajoy’s Government Veers Toward Collapse," 30 May 2018 All comedy dates, and every pure comedian sooner or later becomes passé—even one as beloved as Neil Simon, who died on Sunday at the age of 91. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Neil Simon (1927-2018): The King of Stage Comedy," 26 Aug. 2018 Most Chinese who go abroad sooner or later will return; graduates are doing so in record numbers. The Economist, "Surging numbers of Chinese people going abroad should be welcomed," 17 May 2018 Companies can survive for a while by selling stock to investors, but sooner or later their products must start paying for themselves. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How to Solve a Problem Like Elon?," 14 Aug. 2018 Charlotte seems intent on being respectable next season, but sooner or later, this team will probably need to hit the eject button. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Grades: Spurs Legend Tony Parker Leaving San Antonio for Charlotte," 6 July 2018 These are extensive areas of the country that were totally abandoned for more than 50 years and sooner or later the state had to arrive there. Washington Post, "Santos sees Colombia peace deal safe under hawkish successor," 26 June 2018 These are extensive areas of the country that were totally abandoned for more than 50 years and sooner or later the state had to arrive there. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "Santos sees Colombia peace deal safe under hawkish successor," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of sooner or later

1577, in the meaning defined above

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