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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: inevitabilis, from evitare 'to avoid'

inevitable

adjective
     
in‧ev‧i‧ta‧ble W3
1 certain to happen and impossible to avoid:
A further escalation of the crisis now seems inevitable.
it is inevitable (that)
It's inevitable that doctors will make the occasional mistake.
inevitable consequence/result
Disease was an inevitable consequence of poor living conditions.
2

the inevitable

a situation that is certain to happen:
One day the inevitable happened and I got a speeding ticket.

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