ANSWERS: 5
  • You're right, I think "avoidable" is used much more.
  • "Inevitable" comes from the Latin word "inevitabilis" - in (not) + evitabilis (avoidable). "Evitable" never really made it as a regular word in the language. However, I'd say you can use it without any sort of confusion - it's obviously the opposite of "inevitable". A similar unused word is the opposite of "ruthless" - what does it mean to be "ruthful"? Reuthe was an old word meaning "compassion" or "pity" - today we say "compasionate" rather than "ruthful".
  • I never thought about that before, but you are right. I've never heard anybody say "evitable" but I've heard "inevitable" a lot. Lol:)
  • 2-7-2017 How come flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? How come a house burns up as it burns down? How come we park on driveways and drive on parkways? You just have to get used to stuff like this. It's English. There are only two languages, English and foreign.
    • Bootsiebaby
      "Flammable" and "inflammable" do mean the same thing, but theoretically they should be opposites. That is an exception to the general rule. It used to baffle me when I was in junior school but I soon got used to it. Lol:)
  • I don't know, but I am going to start using the word "evitable" from now on. I like it. :)

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