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

Definition of unavoidable 

: not avoidable : inevitable The accident was unavoidable.

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Other Words from unavoidable

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

Examples of unavoidable in a Sentence

unfortunately, kitchen duty will be unavoidable tonight

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Required by the second law of thermodynamics, that unavoidable waste of energy severely limits the efficiency of a heat engine to below a level set by the temperatures of the baths. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine," 10 July 2018 Unfortunately, this replacement is costly, and sometimes a very extreme option in response to unavoidable familiarity. Robert W. Smith, Washington Post, "When searching for happiness, try eating popcorn with chopsticks," 7 July 2018 But the all-Drake all-the-time stunt underscores a truism: Scorpion is the unavoidable event release of the summer. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Drake, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and the other songs to create the best Summer music playlist," 5 July 2018 Not only is there the unavoidable dismantling and reassembling, but some airlines charge hundreds of dollars each way in oversized and overweight baggage fees. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018 But suddenly this summer, tassel earrings became ubiquitous, and against every odd, the unusual has been made unavoidable. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 The unavoidable tension between president and vice president. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "The President Is Golfing," 27 June 2018 As any fan of American football can testify, though, video review comes with an unavoidable side effect: game delays as referees run to the sideline and take in multiple angles of plays. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Video Replay Is Coming to Russia’s World Cup," 8 June 2018 Technology that at first seems irrelevant often becomes unavoidable—or inevitable. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren't Science Projects Anymore," 23 May 2018

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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 \

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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