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Definition of inevitable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1that you cannot avoid or prevent synonym unavoidable It was an inevitable consequence of the decision. It was inevitable that there would be job losses. It seems inevitable that interest rates will rise.
  2. 2[only before noun] (often humorous) so frequent that you always expect it toddlers and their inevitable tantrums
  3. 3the inevitable noun [singular] something that is certain to happen You have to accept the inevitable. The inevitable happened—I forgot my passport.
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noun [uncountable, singular] the inevitability of death There was an inevitability about their defeat.
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