• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inevitable incapable of being avoided or prevented "the inevitable result"
    • adj inevitable invariably occurring or appearing "the inevitable changes of the seasons"
    • n inevitable an unavoidable event "don't argue with the inevitable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inevitable Irresistible. "Inevitable charms."
    • Inevitable Not evitable; incapable of being shunned; unavoidable; certain. "The inevitable hour.""It was inevitable ; it was necessary; it was planted in the nature of things."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inevitable Not evitable; unavoidable; admitting of no escape or evasion: as, inevitable calamities.
    • inevitable In a more strict sense, equivalent to an act of God (which see, under act).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inevitable in-ev′it-a-bl not able to be evaded or avoided: that cannot be escaped: irresistible
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • M Kathleen Casey
    M Kathleen Casey
    “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
  • Robert C. Gallagher
    Robert C. Gallagher
    “Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine.”
  • Barbara Sher
    “Change is not only likely, it's inevitable.”
  • Streckfuss
    “Bear the inevitable with dignity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inevitabilis,: cf. F. inévitable,. See In- not, and Evitable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inevitabilisin, not, evitabilis, avoidable—evitāre, to avoid—e, out of, vitāre, to avoid.


In literature:

It is inevitable that the end of the summer term should be overhung with an atmosphere of sadness.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
This showed itself in the most natural and inevitable way with the Poles, of whose national culture Germanism is the sworn foe.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
Slowly but inevitably the ring grew smaller about the bluff.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
These were not the inevitable horrors of war, but a deliberately calculated effect.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
But he knew at dawn that a clash was inevitable.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Trifling mistakes like this are inevitable to one who travels in China without an interpreter.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
It was to a certain extent inevitable; but it was none the less unfortunate.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
But, once "Pelleas" produced, the assumption of "Boris" was inevitable.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Inevitably, the sight of such things would produce bloody thoughts in the mind of the unborn child!
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
The inevitable consequence follows.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Inevitably Henry's sympathies went out to the sore-pressed republic.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
That this should happen was inevitable.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
It is our continued contact with Europe that favours our evolution and inevitably hastens our revival!
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
The result is inevitable.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
But when a city accepts a library at Mr. Carnegie's hands, there is an inevitable loss of self-respect and independence.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
Several times they came near being wrecked, with inevitable death.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
And yet the thing was inevitable.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Inevitably Melissy had become the product of her inheritance and her environment.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
It seemed inevitable that he should reach us.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
It was inevitable, thrust upon me.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge

In poetry:

Each of us inevitable;
Each of us limitless—each of us with his or her right upon the
Each of us allow'd the eternal purports of the earth;
Each of us here as divinely as any is here.
"Salut Au Monde" by Walt Whitman
NOW smiling nature gay appears,
Sweet emblem of our happy years,
When thoughtless of the wintry gloom,
Old age, inevitable doom!
As yet no sadd'ning cares are born,
To tinge with clouds our Summer's morn.
"Ode To Summer" by Emma Lyon
THE first sad hour that darkens life,
The first sense of decay,
The heart's first weariness or strife —
This doom may long delay,
But comes at length — th' inevitable sign
Of what in us alone is deathless and Divine.
"The Meditation Of Isaac" by Samuel John Stone
There is reward for those who dare, for those who dare and do:
Who face the dark inevitable, who fall and know no shame;
Upon their banner triumph sits and in the horn they blew,--
Naught's lost if honor be not lost, defeat is but a name.
"The Man In Gray" by Madison Julius Cawein
The dark has faded, and before mine eyes
Have long, grey flats expanded, dim and bare;
And through the changing guises all things wear
Inevitable Law I recognise:
Yet in my heart a hint of feeling lies
Which half a hope and half a despair.
"Sonnet" by Amy Levy
Snatch hence my soul, the better part I have,
And him of his detested life deprive,
Who vows to live obscurely in a Cave,
Shall Sepha die, and I remain alive?
Satyres goe weep, and when ye hear her name,
Blow forth my Loves inevitable fame.
"Arcadius and Sepha" by William Bosworth

In news:

"There is an inevitability to the hamburger," he said.
After a long day navigating the road or assisting with directions, your back will inevitably be sore.
This year's crop of MacArthur geniuses — several of whom were from Chicago — inevitably inspired jealousy, frustration and anger amongst those in creative and science fields.
Compared with his punishing countryman Michael Haneke, Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter is, inevitably, a softie.
Most cancers would inevitably worsen if left untreated, the theory went.
With great fieldposition to start the game, it seemed inevitable the Minutemen would soonscore.
Earning a master's degree is more than delaying the inevitability of a crappy job market—it's an opportunity to gain an advantage over everyone else in your field.
Two sisters gaze up at a new planet as it makes its slow but inevitable way toward Earth.
We were determined to solve the inevitable, essentially unknowable mystery of what made this quiet, unassuming son of a shopkeeper into the greatest cyclist of all time.
Death, tatamis, and the inevitable poo.
For Jefferson County resident and Vietnam veteran Tom Trumble, his involvement in the conflict as a military advisor wasn't so much of a choice as it was an inevitability.
It's one of those inevitable questions that come with the mundane inquiry behind every-day small talk.
Great food and friends, lots of fun, but we inevitably ended up at a Bricktown club.
Add Libya and Japan to the inevitable summer price rise, and gas could hit $5 per gallon in the United States.
With faith and hope in Jesus and a firm resolve, it is not inevitable that PAS and euthanasia proponents will win the day.

In science:

Indeed a similar behavior is well known from the Wolfenstein parametrization where the usual λ3 , ρ and η terms are inevitable.
A Scaling Law for Quark Masses and the CKM matrix
Since the 3.5′′ radius is large relative to the median positional error, and given the optical source density the initial cross match inevitably includes a number of false and multiple matches.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
Inevitably, this technique will identify not only true cosmic rays but also anomalously hot pixels from the distribution.
Random Numbers from Astronomical Imaging
These problems inevitably bear the assumption that the the ob ject to be learned belongs to a relatively small “target” class.
Sampling from large matrices: an approach through geometric functional analysis
This loss in the constant seems to be an inevitable artifact of the tensorization at the basis of our arguments.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables
Polarimetric data are essential because of the ∼141 million ob jects imaged thus far by the SDSS, it is inevitable that there will be chance superpositions of QSOs and late-type Galactic stars whose total flux spectra mimic the binaries discussed here.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Apart from the intrinsic JT distortion, forcing an icosahedral C60 molecule into a crystal inevitably lowers its symmetry.
Static and dynamic Jahn-Teller effect in the alkali metal fulleride salts A4C60 (A = K, Rb, Cs)
This inevitably leads to a small variation in the peak position as a function of · .
The CMS High Level Trigger
Yet, the application of the above protocol to the natural many-body systems inevitably challenges our notions about “interaction” and “stability”.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
Coarsegraining is inevitable in any recording of experimental results.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
To reveal the mystery let us remind that the numerical simulation involves inevitable roundoff at every step.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
Let us now suppose for a minute that the shape of the continuous band depends on the statistics of time series. It would immediately give rise to inevitable and inseparable entanglement of the human intervention and the genuine properties of the system.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
As a consequence, the resulting chiral condensate calculated in the rainbow approximation is inevitably gauge dependent.
Comment on "Truncated Schwinger-Dyson Equations and Gauge Covariance in QED3"
As pointed out, Rosinger [9, pp. 1-9], at the root of the inevitability of having infinitely many such algebras one finds a rather simple conflict between multiplication, derivation and discontinuities.
New Symmetry Groups for Generalized Solutions of ODEs
It is precisely this natural and inevitable algebra dependent infinite branching of the multiplication of less than C∞ -smooth functions, and specifically, distributions and generalized functions which gives the possibility to find new symmetry groups for generalized solutions of nonlinear PDEs.
New Symmetry Groups for Generalized Solutions of ODEs