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 unavoidable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unavoidable in a Sentence

unfortunately, kitchen duty will be unavoidable tonight
Recent Examples on the Web The Lakers have been playing well on defense in this stretch without their stars, and turning that defense into offense will help mitigate the losses to injury that are unavoidable. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "With LeBron James and Anthony Davis out, Lakers know they need to shoot more," 5 Apr. 2021 Although the sets were closed, a sense of urgency was unavoidable at venues that were open for dining outside. New York Times, "In Photo Shoots, Burlesque Performers Return to the Stage," 25 Mar. 2021 Risk is simply unavoidable, particularly in the world of product development. Ryan Gray, Forbes, "Why Product Development Is So Risky — And How To Lessen Uncertainty," 17 Mar. 2021 Long drives with no stops in sight are unavoidable here, so come with a full tank of gas and plenty of water, food, and sunscreen. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Stunning Utah State Parks Without the National Parks Crowds," 15 Mar. 2021 Ultimately, many threats are unavoidable, and being reactive comes with the territory; however, adding a layer of proactive practices is vital to success and preventing major incidents. Corey Bodzin, Forbes, "Battling Ransomware In Healthcare: What Matters Most?," 9 Mar. 2021 When a conflict of interest is unavoidable, news organizations tend to disclose them in the course of their reporting or commentary. Washington Post, "David Brooks of New York Times criticized for undisclosed financial ties to project he praised," 4 Mar. 2021 But in this particular case, this might have been unavoidable. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Is Not Going to Save Voting Rights," 3 Mar. 2021 California and other states have seen political discord over vaccination priorities, and leaders have said such clashes are unavoidable. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County teachers, some essential workers eligible for vaccine starting Monday," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unavoidable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unavoidable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavoidable. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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