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[ir-i-kley-muh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈkleɪ mə bəl/
incapable of being reclaimed or rehabilitated:
an irreclaimable swamp; irreclaimable offenders.
Origin of irreclaimable
First recorded in 1600-10; ir-2 + reclaimable
Related forms
irreclaimability, irreclaimableness, noun
irreclaimably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Keep stripes for the ruffian who savagely maltreats his wife; for the hopeless brute, for the irreclaimable blackguard.

  • They fall into the ranks of those whom the world abandons as irreclaimable.

  • In the animal creation there are some species that may be tamed, and others whose wildness is irreclaimable.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • And then how pitiful to think that he—with all his gifts—should be irreclaimable, after all.

    Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen
  • All besides is a rugged mass of red hair, which rough travel has rendered an indescribable and irreclaimable waste.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • Phil, you may be irreclaimable, but youve proved that this shaft isnt.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • From first to last I have denounced him as incapable of honest feelings—as an irreclaimable savage.

  • Your grandfather and myself are foes; bitter, irreclaimable, to the death.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • Thats what Mrs. Dupont called it when she bracketed his name and mine together on the bulletin-board as irreclaimable whisperers.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • In the mean time the industrious and irreclaimable hours continued their labours.

    The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for irreclaimable


not able to be reclaimed
Derived Forms
irreclaimability, irreclaimableness, noun
irreclaimably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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