un·​avoid·​able ˌən-ə-ˈvȯi-də-bəl How to pronounce unavoidable (audio)
: not avoidable : inevitable
The accident was unavoidable.
unavoidably adverb

Examples of unavoidable in a Sentence

unfortunately, kitchen duty will be unavoidable tonight
Recent Examples on the Web Some economists say if Labour wants to boost public services, then some sort of hike may be unavoidable. NBC News, 4 July 2024 Getting your hands dirty is frustratingly unavoidable. Brandi California, SPIN, 1 July 2024 Meanwhile, slashing property taxes will make painful service cuts unavoidable. Christopher Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2024 But none are as omnipresent and unavoidable as the laundry. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for unavoidable 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unavoidable was in the 15th century

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“Unavoidable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavoidable. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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un·​avoid·​able ˌən-ə-ˈvȯid-ə-bəl How to pronounce unavoidable (audio)
: not avoidable : inevitable
the accident was unavoidable
unavoidably adverb

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