un·​avoid·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvȯi-də-bəl How to pronounce unavoidable (audio) \

Definition of unavoidable

: not avoidable : inevitable The accident was unavoidable.

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unavoidably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈvȯi-​də-​blē How to pronounce unavoidably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unavoidable in a Sentence

unfortunately, kitchen duty will be unavoidable tonight

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To the extent that these external shocks are unavoidable, the IMF and World Bank will remain critical partners in the country’s development process. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 2019 The Raptors’ weak spots are unavoidable: Canada is not Leonard’s home, and Toronto, while a strong and underrated platform, does not maximize his branding opportunities and earning potential. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Pitching Kawhi Leonard: How do Lakers, Clippers and Raptors stack up in frenetic free agency?," 1 July 2019 Inmates were shuttled away at various intervals over the 13 years that followed, a cost that was unavoidable to help resolve a problem that was years in the making. John Myers, latimes.com, "California ends its long, costly shift of prisoners to other states," 30 June 2019 The system uses cameras, radar and lidar to determine when a collision is unavoidable, igniting the air bag milliseconds before the oncoming vehicle strikes. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Exterior airbag could be the next big thing in auto safety. Here's how it works," 10 June 2019 Obviously, some costs associated with homeownership — such as taxes and insurance — are unavoidable. Ellen James Martin, courant.com, "Smart Moves: Tips for young, single homebuyers," 19 June 2019 Either way, Bethel’s outsize influence on this little city is unavoidable. Vanessa Rancano, The Mercury News, "How Redding became an unlikely epicenter of modern Christian culture," 19 June 2019 If adverse weather is unavoidable, the cruise line may change your itinerary, possibly switching your Bermuda cruise with one along the coast of New England and Canada, or shortening or lengthening your cruise by a day or two. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Cruise Lines Handle Storms, Fog, Bomb Cyclones, and More," 10 June 2019 That law means that when destroying a historic resource is unavoidable, the agencies involved must look for ways to address the community's historic loss. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "I-45 expansion impact report may not have considered Independence Heights," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of unavoidable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unavoidable

: not able to be prevented or avoided


un·​avoid·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvȯi-də-bəl How to pronounce unavoidable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unavoidable

: not preventable : inevitable an unavoidable accident

Other Words from unavoidable

unavoidably \ -​blē \ adverb They were unavoidably delayed.

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