Inevitable In*ev"i*ta*ble, a. [L. inevitabilis: cf. F. in['e]vitable. See {In-} not, and {Evitable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not evitable; incapable of being shunned; unavoidable; certain. ``The inevitable hour.'' --Gray. [1913 Webster]

It was inevitable; it was necessary; it was planted in the nature of things. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Irresistible. ``Inevitable charms.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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