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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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  • She does not teach that human nature is irreclaimable, else wherefore should she be sent?

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • They fall into the ranks of those whom the world abandons as irreclaimable.

  • But the lesson sits lightly on him, and he remains in heart as irreclaimable as ever.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • And then how pitiful to think that he—with all his gifts—should be irreclaimable, after all.

    Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen
  • In a general view, it might be termed an irreclaimable desert.

  • Phil, you may be irreclaimable, but youve proved that this shaft isnt.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • Your grandfather and myself are foes; bitter, irreclaimable, to the death.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • In the mean time the industrious and irreclaimable hours continued their labours.

    The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper
  • He caught his breath with something like a sigh of regret for an irreclaimable past.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • I suppose you thought that I had given you up as irreclaimable.

    Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) Frederick William Robinson
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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