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From eventual +‎ -ly. The third sense is influenced by any of several European languages, including Czech eventuálně, Swedish eventuellt.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪ.ˈvɛn.t͡ʃuː.ə.li/, /ɪ.ˈvɛn.t͡ʃʊ.li/, /ɪ.ˈvɛn.tjʊ.li/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪ.ˈvɛn.t͡ʃu.ə.li/, /ɪ.ˈvɛn.t͡ʃu.li/
  • (file)


eventually (not comparable)

  1. In the end; at some later time, especially after a long time, a series of problems, struggles, delays or setbacks.
    Everyone's true colors will be revealed eventually.
    • 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage:
      It had taken nine years from the evening that Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.
  2. (mathematics, of a sequence) For some tail; for all terms beyond some term; with only finitely many exceptions.
    Eventually, all prime numbers are odd.
  3. (proscribed, non-native speakers' English) Possibly, potentially, perhaps
    I will come eventually, but haven't decided yet.



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