[ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy-]
- incapable of being brought into harmony or adjustment; incompatible: irreconcilable differences.
- incapable of being made to acquiesce or compromise; implacably opposed: irreconcilable enemies.
- a person or thing that is irreconcilable.
- a person who is opposed to agreement or compromise.
Origin of irreconcilable
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Examples from the Web for irreconcilable
Many argue that Beijing and Moscow have differing interests, and indeed, some of them are irreconcilable.China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
Gordon G. Chang
November 13, 2014
Politics in my old Kentucky home has, for centuries, been awash in irreconcilable contradictions.Obamacare Is Winning in Kentucky, Thanks to Steve Beshear
October 17, 2013
Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam.Obama's Egypt Address
The Daily Beast Video
June 4, 2009
And there are some things which are,' he stopped to sob, 'irreconcilable with that, and wound that—wound it deeply.Little Dorrit
There necessarily exists a permanent and irreconcilable conflict of interest.Freeland
There is in them an irreconcilable mixture of fury and formalism.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
The differences of opinion among them were so great as apparently to be irreconcilable.
We seem to find that the ideal of knowledge is irreconcilable with experience.Meno
- not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible
- a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
- (usually plural) one of various principles, ideas, etc, that are incapable of being brought into agreement
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Word Origin and History for irreconcilable
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