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irreconcilable

[ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy-] /ɪˈrɛk ənˌsaɪ lə bəl, ɪˌrɛk ənˈsaɪ-/
adjective
1.
incapable of being brought into harmony or adjustment; incompatible:
irreconcilable differences.
2.
incapable of being made to acquiesce or compromise; implacably opposed:
irreconcilable enemies.
noun
3.
a person or thing that is irreconcilable.
4.
a person who is opposed to agreement or compromise.
Origin of irreconcilable
1590-1600
1590-1600; ir-2 + reconcilable
Related forms
irreconcilability, irreconcilableness, noun
irreconcilably, adverb
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  • Their irreconcilability was copper-fastened, and I found myself compelled to choose between them.

    Olympian Nights John Kendrick Bangs
  • An element of dislike of a political nature on the part of the Christian is added to the irreconcilability of religious belief.

  • As to phenomena like these, or storms, preceding earthquakes, the irreconcilability is still greater.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • This irreconcilability of the subjectivist consequences of the doctrine with its realist basis was seized upon by Berkeley.

  • This paradox demonstrates the irreconcilability of theoretical ethics and industrial need.

    War of the Classes Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilability

irreconcilable

/ɪˈrɛkənˌsaɪləbəl; ɪˌrɛkənˈsaɪ-/
adjective
1.
not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible
noun
2.
a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
3.
(usually pl) one of various principles, ideas, etc, that are incapable of being brought into agreement
Derived Forms
irreconcilability, irreconcilableness, noun
irreconcilably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreconcilability

irreconcilable

adj.

1590s, from French irréconcilable (16c.), from Medieval Latin *irreconcilabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reconcilabilis (see reconcile). Related: Irreconcilably. As a noun from 1748.

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