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Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable: "Those war plans rested on a belief in the ineluctable superiority of the offense over the defense" (Jack Beatty).

[Latin inēluctābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + ēluctābilis, penetrable (from ēluctārī, to struggle out of : ex-, ex- + luctārī, to struggle).]

in′e·luc′ta·bil′i·ty n.
in′e·luc′ta·bly adv.
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Noun1.ineluctability - the quality of being impossible to avoid or evadeineluctability - the quality of being impossible to avoid or evade
sure thing, certainty, foregone conclusion - something that is certain; "his victory is a certainty"
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He understood that at those moments that history lashes out at a people, violence is unavoidable; what he also knew was that we must never mistake its ineluctability for legitimacy.
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