happening at the end of a period of time or of a process the eventual winner of the tournament It is impossible to predict what the eventual outcome will be. The village school may face eventual closure. More Like This Adjectives that only come before a noun all-round, antenatal, aspiring, chief, dedicated, eventual, express, high-flying, live, lone, mere, mitigating, rogue, sheer, standout, ulterior, utterSee worksheet. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to an event or events’): from Latin eventus (from evenire ‘result, happen’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + venire ‘come’), on the pattern of actual.