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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Your big break may come by just maintaining your own consistent excellence and knowing that sooner or later a competitor will be overconfident or make a critical error. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 6, 2019: Happy birthday Eva Green; Virgo, focus on home improvement," 6 July 2019 Russia rejected both of these, but U.S. policymakers proceeded with these policies anyway on the assumption that sooner or later Russia would recognize what was good for it. Eugene Rumer, Time, "How to Reset U.S.-Russian Relations Today," 20 June 2019 Scientists used it to make a vast range of discoveries about the history of life, such as why some people are prone to genetic disorders like sickle-cell anemia and why pesticides sooner or later fail to keep farm pests in check. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Seek to Update Evolution," 22 Nov. 2016 Bond yields were bound to rise sooner or later, and better to do it against the backdrop of the strongest economy since 2004, and maybe since the late 1990s. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Bond Market’s Signal," 4 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of sooner or later

1577, in the meaning defined above

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