A Word A Day : Ineluctable

Monday, 17th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : in'i-luk'ta-bel

1. Not to be avoided or escaped

2. Impossible to avoid or evade

3. Inescapable conclusion

4. The inevitable result


Latin ineluctabilis : in-, not; see in–1 + eluctabilis, penetrable (from eluctari, to struggle out of : ex-, ex- + luctari, to struggle)


1. Inescapable

2. Unavoidable

3. Certain

4. Inevitable


1. Escapable

2. Avoidable

3. Uncertain

Contextual Examples:

• Those war plans rested on a belief in the ineluctable superiority of the offense over the defense.

Related Words:

1. Ineluctably : Adverb

2. Ineluctability : Noun

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