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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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Historical Examples

  • The blacks were numerous in the neighbourhood, and irreconcilably hostile.

    The Australian Explorers

    George Grimm

  • The intuitive convictions of the race are irreconcilably opposed to it.

  • They were irreconcilably hostile to despotism on the one hand, and to Jacobinical anarchy upon the other.

    Joseph Bonaparte

    John S. C. Abbott

  • They are manifestly, grossly, absolutely, and irreconcilably at variance with the doctrine of evolution.

  • To both these concessions Spanish policy was irreconcilably opposed.


British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilably

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 irreconcilably

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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