unavoidable

adjective
un·avoid·able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvȯi-də-bəl \

Definition of unavoidable 

: not avoidable : inevitable The accident was unavoidable.

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unavoidably \ˌən-ə-ˈvȯi-də-blē \ adverb

Examples of unavoidable in a Sentence

unfortunately, kitchen duty will be unavoidable tonight

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Love her despite the certain and exquisite and unavoidable pain that accompanies giving your heart to someone. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: How can I help someone who's scared to fall in love?," 9 July 2018 But NeJame recalls one customer who complained after his house was pressure-washed to prepare for a painting, and a ladder flattened a small part of his lawn — unavoidable and not permanently damaging. Joyce M. Rosenberg, USA TODAY, "Hard to do: Businesses may need to break up with slow-paying, irritating customers," 2 July 2018 In hardship cases, the AIA committee needs documented proof that a reason for the transfer was from a situation that was unforeseen, unavoidable or unable to correct. Haskell Sr. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Six Deer Valley football players transfer from school after fight," 27 June 2018 But NeJame recalls one customer who complained after his house was pressure-washed to prepare for a painting, and a ladder flattened a small part of his lawn — unavoidable and not permanently damaging. Washington Post, "Hard to do: Businesses may need to break up with customers," 27 June 2018 Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. David Roper, idahostatesman, "Finding the virtues to put yourself right with the Lord," 21 June 2018 Justice Department officials had for weeks said the seperations were unavoidable because the 1997 settlement bars authorities from detaining children when their parents are arrested for trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Fox News, "Judge refuses Trump request to change court order on family detention," 10 July 2018 Justice Department officials had for weeks said the separations were unavoidable because the 1997 settlement bars authorities from detaining children for more than 20 days when their parents are arrested for trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Blocks Effort to Detain Immigrant Families Together," 9 July 2018 Elizabeth Tang, a legal fellow with the National Women’s Law Center, said incidental contact implies the encounter is unavoidable. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Teen says Virginia school failed to keep her safe from alleged attacker," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of unavoidable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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unavoidable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unavoidable

: not able to be prevented or avoided

unavoidable

adjective
un·avoid·able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvȯi-də-bəl \

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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