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.

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
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First Known Use of unavoidable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Unavoidable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavoidable. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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