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[ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy-] /ɪˈrɛk ənˌsaɪ lə bəl, ɪˌrɛk ənˈsaɪ-/
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
First recorded in 1590-1600; ir-2 + reconcilable
Related forms
irreconcilability, irreconcilableness, noun
irreconcilably, adverb Unabridged
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  • And there are some things which are,' he stopped to sob, 'irreconcilable with that, and wound that—wound it deeply.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • There necessarily exists a permanent and irreconcilable conflict of interest.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • There is in them an irreconcilable mixture of fury and formalism.

  • 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 Plato
  • I was so different from the Grenadier, so irreconcilable with Elsa's fancy portrait.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • On this issue the dispute in the convention was obstinate and irreconcilable.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilable


/ɪˈrɛkənˌsaɪləbəl; ɪˌrɛkənˈsaɪ-/
not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible
a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
(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 irreconcilable

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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