Meaning of “inevitable” in the English Dictionary

"inevitable" in British English

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uk /ɪˈnev.ɪ.tə.bəl/ us /ˌɪnˈev.ə.t̬ə.bəl/

C1 certain to happen and unable to be avoided or prevented:

The accident was the inevitable consequence/result/outcome of carelessness.
the inevitable

something that is certain to happen and cannot be prevented:

Eventually the inevitable happened and he had a heart attack.

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  • Unfortunately, violence is the inevitable corollary of such a revolutionary change in society.
  • The eclipse of the ruling political party was inevitable.
  • The factory closure is seemingly inevitable.
  • The endless public appearances are an inevitable part of an election campaign.
  • When you're working such long hours, it's inevitable that your marriage will start to suffer.
noun [ U ] uk /ɪˌnev.ɪ.təˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /ˌɪnˌev.ə.t̬əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

the inevitability of change

(Definition of “inevitable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inevitable" in American English

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inevitableadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪˈnev·ɪ·t̬ə·bəl/

certain to happen:

Accidents are the inevitable result of carelessness.
noun [ U ] /ɪˌnev·ɪ·t̬əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

the inevitability of change
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪˈnev·ɪ·t̬ə·bli/

He inevitably orders iced tea with his lunch.

(Definition of “inevitable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)