From Middle French evitable (modern French évitable), from Latin ēvītābilis (“avoidable”), from ēvītō (“to avoid”) + -ābilis (“-able, suffix meaning ‘able or worthy to be’”). Ēvītō is derived from ē- (“prefix meaning ‘out’”) + vītō (“to avoid, evade; to shun”) (possibly from Proto-Indo-European *dwidʰeh₁- (“separate, set apart”), a compound of *dwi- (“two”) + *dʰeh₁- (“to put”)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛvɪtəb(ə)l/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛvɪtəb(ə)l/, /-ɾə-/
- Hyphenation: evi‧ta‧ble
- (uncommon) Possible to avoid; avertible. [from early 16th c.]
- Synonyms: avoidable, avertable, escapable, preventable, resistible
- Antonyms: ineluctable, inescapable, inevitable, irresistible, unavoidable, unescapable, unpreventable
The tragic consequences were evitable.
[1686?], [William Penn], A Perswasive to Moderation to Church Dissenters, in Prudence and Conscience: Humbly Submitted to the King and His Great Councel. By One of the Humblest and Most Dutiful of His Dissenting Subjects, [s.l.: s.n.], OCLC 504391880, page 37:
- That Fort is unſafe where a part of the Garriſon conſiſts of diſguiſed Enemies; for when they take their turns at the Watch, the danger is hardly evitable. It would then certainly be for the ſafety of the Fort, that ſuch Friends in Maſquerade were induſtrouſly kept out, inſtead of being whipt in.
1798, Thomas Dicey, “The Chapel of Nostre Dame des Pas, Guernsey”, in An Historical Account of Guernsey, from Its First Settlement before the Norman Conquest to the Present Time. Giving a Particular and Entertaining Description of the Island, Its Produce, Trade, Laws, Revenues, Privileges, Religion, and Government in General. To which is Added Some Proper Remarks on Jersey, and the Other Islands Belonging to the Crown of Great Britain on the French Coast. The Whole Interspersed with Many New and Interesting Observations Worthy of Public Notice, new edition, London: Printed for I. Herbert; and E. Harding, No. 98, Pall-Mall, OCLC 854503040, page 66:
- A momentary ſhock like this, I ſay, may, for aught we otherwiſe know, ſooner or later, prove our lot, whenever the evitable fate of our impieties will no longer ſuffer the divine juſtice to be patient.
1926 February 23, T[homas] S[tearns] Eliot, “[The Clark Lectures] Lecture V: Donne’s Longer Poems”, in Ronald Schuchard, editor, The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry: The Clark Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1926, and the Turnbull Lectures at the Johns Hopkins University, 1933, 1st U.S. edition, New York, N.Y.: Harcourt Brace & Company, published 1994, ISBN 978-0-15-100096-8, page 159:
- The "disintegration" [of the intellect] of which I speak may be evitable or inevitable, good or bad; to draw its optimistic or pessimistic conclusions is an occupation for prophets and makers of almanacks, of whom I am not one.
2010, Yijun Feng, “Compensated Anisotropic Metamaterials: Manipulating Sub-wavelength Images”, in Tie Jin Cui, David R. Smith, and Ruopeng Liu, editors, Metamaterials: Theory, Design, and Applications, New York, N.Y.; Dordrecht; Heidelberg; London: Springer, DOI:10.1007/978-1-4419-0573-4, ISBN 978-1-4419-0572-7, page 157:
- [W]e will analyze the imaging performance through the compensated bilayer lens theoretically and explore the effects of loss and retardation in the material parameters on the image quality, which are evitable in realistic metamaterials.
- “evitable” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
evitable (masculine and feminine plural evitables)
evitable m, f (plural evitables)