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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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Adv.1.ineluctably - by necessity; "the situation slid inescapably toward disaster "
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The narrator seems ineluctably drawn to the plant when, with graduation looming and absolutely no prospects for higher education, he must seek work.
We are ineluctably moving down the road to a WTO arrangement so we had better start preparing for it.
We are ineluctably moving down the road to a WTO arrangement, so we had better start preparing for it.
This encounter ineluctably shaped the sense of presentness that runs through her work.
The role is full of conflicts and contradictions, but the actress opts to take the 'generically sad' way out, and just plays it ineluctably 'unhappy.
Wagner-warm horns and generous strings unfolded forest depths, and Chauhan's gestures, well-judged and sometimes judiciously absent, were mightily effective in expression of this ineluctably glorious piece.
Slyly merging a familiar but effective genre exercise with a grim allegory of female oppression, Babak Anvari's resourceful writing-directing debut grounds its premise in something at once vaguely political and ineluctably sinister.
The plot moves ineluctably forward through the ensuing year, concluding the following August, on the same rooftop, as their selfish game comes to fruition.
Alex finds that the keys to the mystery lie in the ship-owner's shady past and the sinister business deals, but as he uncovers them a figure burned in the fires of Greece's vicious dictatorship ineluctably homes in on Lesvos.
Empirical confirmation involves what is ineluctably phenomenological at critical points, what is stubbornly given (or fails to be given) to subjects in their firsthand, direct, inner experiences of aspects of the world.
When you have such a vast territory, such a high number of stores, ineluctably you will have some stores which maybe have been profitable in the past but are not particularly exciting today.
Objective: "Every time we grab an object to look at its geometrical details or to feel if it is hard or soft, we are ineluctably confronted with the limits of our senses.