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From im- +‎ mancare (to miss) +‎ -abile. Compare French immanquable.


  • IPA(key): /im.manˈ
  • Rhymes: -abile
  • Hyphenation: im‧man‧cà‧bi‧le



immancabile (plural immancabili)

  1. that cannot be missed out on; unmissable
    Synonym: imperdibile
    l'immancabile cenone di fine d'annothe must-attend end-of-year dinner
  2. that always imposes its presence; that is difficult to miss or not notice; ever-present; unmissable
    è arrivato il direttore con l'immancabile caposquadra
    the director arrived with his ever-present foreman
  3. inevitable
    Synonym: inevitabile
    • 2019, George Orwell, translated by Nicola Gardini, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mondadori:
      Per lei, l'immancabile sconfitto dell'individuo non era una legge di natura.
      She would not accept it as a law of nature that the individual is always defeated.
      (literally, “For her, the inevitable defeat of the individual was not a law of nature.”)

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