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irreconcilable

[ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy-]
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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
  1. a person or thing that is irreconcilable.
  2. a person who is opposed to agreement or compromise.

Origin of irreconcilable

First recorded in 1590–1600; ir-2 + reconcilable
Related formsir·rec·on·cil·a·bil·i·ty, ir·rec·on·cil·a·ble·ness, nounir·rec·on·cil·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for irreconcilability

Historical Examples

  • An element of dislike of a political nature on the part of the Christian is added to the irreconcilability of religious belief.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, December 1898

    Various

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

  • This irreconcilability of the subjectivist consequences of the doctrine with its realist basis was seized upon by Berkeley.

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

  • Their irreconcilability was copper-fastened, and I found myself compelled to choose between them.

    Olympian Nights

    John Kendrick Bangs


British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilability

irreconcilable

adjective
  1. not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible
noun
  1. a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
  2. (usually plural) one of various principles, ideas, etc, that are incapable of being brought into agreement
Derived Formsirreconcilability or irreconcilableness, nounirreconcilably, 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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