eventuate


eventuate
eventuality, eventuate
Both words date from the 18c and have had their fair share of criticism. Eventuate was derided by De Quincy (1834) as ‘Yankeeish’ and by Dean Alford (1864) as ‘another horrible word’, and Fowler (1926) castigated both as ‘flabby journalese’, leaving a string of ‘characteristic specimens’ to speak for themselves. It is undeniable that result or come about, or sometimes simply happen, are often preferable alternatives:

• It had been intended to have educated Saudi women dealing with the public at the exhibition, but…this had not eventuated —Times, 1986

• I hope a sensible result eventuates —Express, 2002.

Eventuality has been less fiercely attacked, although it is often a mere synonym for circumstance, event, or possibility:

• Although he had been ordered not to destroy it, Harmel was prepared for the eventuality —C. Ryan, 1974

• It is essential you cover every eventuality —Daily Mail, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Eventuate — E*ven tu*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Eventuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eventuating}.] To come out finally or in conclusion; to result; to come to pass. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eventuate — index accrue (arise), arise (occur), arise (originate), crystallize, ensue, result …   Law dictionary

  • eventuate — 1789, from L. eventus, pp. of eventire (see EVENT (Cf. event)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eventuate — [v] be a consequence be consequent, befall, come about, come to pass, end, ensue, eventualize, follow, happen, issue, occur, result, stop, take place, terminate; concepts 2,242 Ant. cause …   New thesaurus

  • eventuate — ☆ eventuate [ē ven′cho͞o āt΄, ē ven′sho͞oāt΄; iven′cho͞o āt΄, iven′sho͞o āt΄ ] vi. eventuated, eventuating [< L eventus (see EVENT) + ATE1] to happen in the end; result: often with in …   English World dictionary

  • eventuate —   Competition for economic interest, power and social esteem can eventuate in community formation only if.. . (British Journal of Sociology, cited by Hudson). A pompous synonym for result …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • eventuate —     Competition for economic interest, power and social esteem can eventuate in community formation only if. . . (British Journal of Sociology, cited by Hudson). A pompous synonym for result …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • eventuate in — lead to as a result. → eventuate …   English new terms dictionary

  • eventuate — [ɪ vɛn(t)ʃʊeɪt, tjʊ ] verb formal occur as a result. ↘(eventuate in) lead to as a result. Derivatives eventuation noun Origin C18 (orig. US): from event, on the pattern of actuate …   English new terms dictionary

  • eventuate — verb formal to happen as a result of something eventuate in sth phrasal verb (T) formal to be the final cause of something: The scandal finally eventuated in the resignation of the prime minister …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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