inevitable

inevitable 1 Inevitable, ineluctable, inescapable, unescapable, unavoidable are comparable when meaning incapable of being shunned or evaded.
Inevitable (see also CERTAIN) implies that causes are already in operation or that the conditions (as of one's existence, one's work, or one's temperament) are such that the thing so described is bound to occur
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life is full of perils, but the wise man ignores those that are inevitableRussell

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as soon as one lays down a rule . . . one has to face the inevitable exception— Montague

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she was winding up all sorts of affairs, with the inevitable result that she was encountering all sorts of urgent expenses which she was unable to meet— Ellis

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Ineluctable adds to inevitable the suggestions that struggle or defiance is futile and that no way out is possible
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the dangers that beset the world as the result of . . . the ineluctable increase in the human population— Hutchinson

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by chance or ineluctable destiny— Dwight Macdo.nald

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the pain was deep, deep and ineluctable—A. S. Paton

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Inescapable and unescapable carry a stronger suggestion than either inevitable or ineluctable that the person concerned would, if he could, avoid what must be but is convinced of its inexorable character
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his inescapable fate

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{continuity in design appears to be inescapableGloag
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the unescapable expansion of the nation's foreign policy— D. S. Freeman

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Unavoidable carries a weaker implication of necessary occurrence than the other terms, but it does imply that the exercise of foresight or care has not enabled one to escape what has occurred
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unavoidable delays

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an unavoidable accident

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Analogous words: *certain, necessary: determined, settled, decided (see DECIDE): inexorable, inflexible
Antonyms: evitable
Contrasted words: escapable, avoidable, eludible, evadable (see corresponding verbs at ESCAPE): preventable (see corresponding verb at PREVENT)
2 *certain, necessary
Analogous words: infallible, inerrant, unerring: *perfect, entire, whole: definitive, determinative, decisive, *conclusive

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