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According to the online etymology sources, the terms "eventual" and "eventually" were in use in the early 1600s and held its current meaning by the mid 1800s. The etymologies point to French éventuel, but both the French word and German eventuell have very different meanings. (See this Q&A).

How did these meanings diverge? Did the French term evolve from an earlier Latin term? Did the English usage change from the French? Did they both change independent of each other?

  • Yes, it is from Latin: 1610s, from French éventuel, from Latin event-, stem of evenire (see event ). dictionary.com/browse/eventual – user240918 Nov 22 '17 at 10:28
  • Only the English etymology is on-topic. / The Etymon article gives only the bare bones; a more detailed analysis is probably the stuff of theses. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 22 '17 at 10:54
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    The first recorded use of eventual in English is 1607, and the first recorded use of éventuel in French is 1718. I don't think we borrowed it from the French. Possibly from Latin. – Peter Shor Apr 12 at 10:47

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