unavoidable

adjective
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 unavoidably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unavoidable in a Sentence

unfortunately, kitchen duty will be unavoidable tonight

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This has been the year when astrology memes officially became both unavoidable and uncomfortably relatable. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 Cincinnati's bus system by the numbers Wochit Cincinnati Metro bus drivers have been involved in hundreds of accidents - but the vast majority of those accidents were unavoidable and not the driver's fault. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Metro bus drivers have been in hundreds of accidents. But most were unavoidable.," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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