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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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 Adopting something from another culture is unavoidable and natural. Helen Raleigh, WSJ, "Happy Chinese New Year—Now Please Appropriate My Culture," 24 Jan. 2020 However, use of the batteries during eclipse is unavoidable and there is no ability to isolate damaged battery cells. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "DirecTV races to decommission broken Boeing satellite before it explodes," 23 Jan. 2020 Electrical power outages are unavoidable and increasing in both frequency and duration. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Buy a Standby Generator?," 25 Aug. 2019 Board member Nick Melvoin said that campus sharing is unavoidable under state law and frequently works well. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "A tug-of-war over empty classrooms between a charter school and its host campus," 9 July 2019 Add that to the very limited contributions of defensive end Olivier Vernon after a Week 9 knee injury, and the unit’s nosedive may have been unavoidable. cleveland, "The case for Browns coach Kevin Stefanski bringing Steve Wilks back; and the case for why Wilks could be let go -- Film review," 17 Jan. 2020 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

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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/unavoidably?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unavoi02. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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