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From Middle French inéluctable, from Latin inēlūctābilis, from in- + ēlūctor (struggle out) + -bilis.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɪn.ɪˈlʌk.tə.bəl/
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ineluctable (comparative more ineluctable, superlative most ineluctable)

  1. Impossible to avoid or escape; inescapable, irresistible.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:inevitable
    • 1655, Thomas Pierce, A Correct Copy of Some Notes concerning Gods Decrees, "A Paraenesis to the Reader," chapter 4, item 50:
      God indeed (if it please him) can by his absolute power over his Creature, make him act this thing, or take that thing, by ineluctable Necessity, and whether he will or no.
    • 1797, Alexander Shiels, A Hind Let Loose, Calton (Glasgow), page 541:
      They have come under the yoke of ineluctable slavery.
    • 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, The Ebb-Tide, chapter 10:
      He was aware instantly of an opposition in his members, unanimous and invincible, clinging to life with a single and fixed resolve, finger by finger, sinew by sinew; something that was at once he and not he—at once within and without him;—the shutting of some miniature valve in his brain, which a single manly thought should suffice to open—and the grasp of an external fate ineluctable as gravity.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[episode 3]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      I throw this ended shadow from me, manshape ineluctable, call it back.
    • 1957 [1944], Karl Polanyi, chapter 10, in The Great Transformation, page 127:
      For the self-regulating market was now believed to follow from the inexorable laws of Nature, and the unshackling of the market to be an ineluctable necessity.
    • 1973, Harry Mudd, Mudd's Passion (Star Trek: The Animated Series episode 10)
      Captain Kirk! And the ineluctible Mr. Spock. Welcome to Motherlode, gentlemen. Interested in purchasing a little love?
    • 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
      Out in the street, under the reddening afternoon sun, a spectacle of ineluctable commerce greeted her.
    • 2007 July 6, Marina Hyde, “The artists formerly known as huge carbon footprints”, in The Guardian[1]:
      [] The first will be the ineluctable fact of climate change.
    • 2022, China Miéville, A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto[2], Head of Zeus, →ISBN:
      As we've seen, the Manifesto’s argument for the ineluctable impoverishment of the working class under capitalism, for example, has not been borne out.

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ineluctable (plural ineluctables)

  1. ineluctable

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