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
Recent Examples on the Web With an estimated 150 active fires, 64 of which are still uncontrolled, the impacts of devastation were unavoidable. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "Russell Crowe’s Absence At The Golden Globes Had Everything To Do With Australia’s Wildfires," 6 Jan. 2020 But upgrading to the latest Lambo is now unavoidable. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo, Now with 30 Percent More Oversteer," 4 Jan. 2020 Stretch out more For some of us, sitting down for hours a day is unavoidable. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "How to counter the health risks of sitting at work all day," 21 Dec. 2019 Job losses are an unavoidable consequence of decarbonising Europe’s economy; the coal industry alone employs around 250,000 people, mainly in eastern Europe. The Economist, "The EU’s Green Deal is full of ambition but needs more detail," 12 Dec. 2019 Garish and unavoidable, tradition be damned, Nike’s logo will be spat across the pinstripes of the Cubs, White Sox and Yankees. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Nike’s swoosh placement on the front of MLB uniforms is garish but unavoidable," 9 Dec. 2019 Heavier styles of wine will become en vogue once more, and unavoidable with climate change (hotter temperatures = grapes produce more sugar= more alcohol = bold wines!). Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "You're Not Going to Believe I'm Saying This, But Merlot Is Back," 22 Nov. 2019 To any concerned viewer, this pain can feel unavoidable or even necessary. Aj Willingham, CNN, "When bad news gets to be too much," 7 Aug. 2019 His great and probably unavoidable mistake was to underestimate the volatility that his inventions introduced, especially the risks created by runaway credit. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of unavoidable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“Unavoidable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavoidably. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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