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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Other Words from unavoidable

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 There may have been a sense that a crackdown was unavoidable given regulatory and consumer scrutiny over data generally. NBC News, "How to take advantage of Apple's new iPhone privacy features," 29 Apr. 2021 Sometime’s miscarriage is unavoidable but that isn’t always the case. Alice Broster, Forbes, "Miscarriage Care Needs To Change Around The World, According To New Report," 28 Apr. 2021 When Fatumata visited Matilda's shop this past week in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, the topic was unavoidable. Stephen Groves And Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Protests reveal generational divide in immigrant communities," 26 Apr. 2021 The smell of gas was unavoidable upon entering Deborah Lewis’ residence at Concordia Place Apartments, as was the sight of black mold around windows in her bedrooms and kitchen. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Concordia Place tenants complaining about mice, mold and mildew get action after Rainbow/PUSH visit, rent strike," 23 Apr. 2021 And back home, the American toll of the war was unavoidable. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A combat photographer looks back on the ‘forever war’," 17 Apr. 2021 But Pepper knows from experience that adaptations are often unavoidable and just wants people to have fun in the kitchen, saying she regularly gets asked for advice on how to make Thai recipes healthier or vegetarian-friendly. Karla Cripps, CNN, "Chrissy Teigen's mom Pepper talks cooking, family and why she has to eat Thai food once a day," 14 Apr. 2021 But the truth is that pain is unavoidable, and much of it will take us by surprise. Remy Ramirez, Marie Claire, "My Tarot Card Dependency Controlled My Life," 9 Apr. 2021 That’s not going to quiet a rumbling stomach on a cross-country flight, so carrying on your own food may be unavoidable. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Foods You Can and Can’t Pack For Your Next Flight," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unavoidable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unavoidable was in the 15th century

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“Unavoidable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavoidable. Accessed 10 May. 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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