English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English unavoidable, equivalent to un- +‎ avoidable.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˌʌnəˈvɔɪdəbəl/
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Adjective edit

unavoidable (comparative more unavoidable, superlative most unavoidable)

  1. Impossible to avoid; bound to happen.
    an unavoidable urge
  2. (law) Not voidable; incapable of being made null or void.

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Antonyms edit

  • (antonym(s) of impossible to avoid): avoidable

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Noun edit

unavoidable (plural unavoidables)

  1. Something that cannot be avoided.
    • 1825, The London magazine, volume 12, page 490:
      Forty years before, I had thought this odour one of the necessities of life — one of the unavoidables at least []