unavoidable

adjective
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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From coverlets to bedspreads to duvets and comforters, confusion is inevitable…but not unavoidable. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Bedding Guide: What is a Sham?," 31 Oct. 2018 Bubbling up from the revelations that are so routine as to become boring is that increasingly unavoidable fact: Facebook isn't for you. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Was Never Really For You," 19 Dec. 2018 The ads from that campaign were completely unavoidable in the run-up to and release of the Motorola Droid. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "How Android got big," 24 Oct. 2018 Whoever defines the criteria has an immense amount of power in society, and the potential for abuse seems almost unavoidable. Sean Illing, Vox, "A political theorist’s provocative idea for how to fix democracy.," 23 July 2018 With the holiday on the heels of the midterm elections, sitting out a political food fight may be unavoidable. Linda Qiu, The Seattle Times, "A Fact-Checker’s Guide to Thanksgiving Politics," 21 Nov. 2018 As the California Republican prepares to lead the House GOP in the minority, there’s an unavoidable irony that Republicans in his state took the biggest beating in the election. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How Kevin McCarthy led California Republicans astray," 30 Nov. 2018 As if the act of getting divorced isn't stressful enough, there's the issue of trying to internalize what feels like an entirely new language of legalese that's unavoidable during the process. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Sam Smith, a researcher for UK advocacy group MedConfidential, said the move felt unavoidable. James Vincent, The Verge, "Privacy advocates sound the alarm after Google grabs DeepMind UK health app," 14 Nov. 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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