inevitable accident


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inevitable accident a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
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  • Peter Conrad
    Peter Conrad
    “The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “An accident is an inevitable occurrence due to the actions of immutable natural laws.”


In literature:

These were the accidents of life, the inevitable harsh happenings in the great tragedy of Nature.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
That she must come down again is but an inevitable accident.
"Fraternity" by John Galsworthy
Accidents happened as part of the inevitable blunders of war.
"Now It Can Be Told" by Philip Gibbs
There were the inevitable accidents, but training had to be done.
"Aviation in Peace and War" by Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
If they reached that spot an accident would be inevitable.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
In either case a serious accident is almost inevitable.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
She trembled lest some accident should interfere with what was otherwise inevitable.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
This made a rupture of their intimacy inevitable, and accident soon brought it about.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
I was much vexed at the accident; but as I could not stand, a temporary absence from the front was inevitable.
"In the Russian Ranks" by John Morse
Circumstance, propinquity, accident, a step rightly or wrongly taken, and the rest is predicated with a terrible inevitability.
"The Debit Account" by Oliver Onions
Perforation of the intestine was formerly regarded as an inevitably fatal accident, but this view is no longer entertained.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
This delay was caused by an inevitable accident.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

In news:

And while these accidents are not 100% preventable, manufacturers should not view them as inevitable.
I request a container of ' Vomit Guard' from our custodian to keep in my classroom cupboard for when one of those inevitable accidents happens.
Scallopers inevitably snare yellowtail by accident.
It is virtually inevitable some of them will be hurt, perhaps killed, in accidents.
While he might be able to skip his own event and avoid the inevitable media frenzy, Woods can't dodge questions about his accident indefinitely, and stonewalling is a bad option, Van Sickle writes.