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irremediable

[ir-i-mee-dee-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not admitting of remedy, cure, or repair: irremediable conduct.

Origin of irremediable

From the Latin word irremediābilis, dating back to 1540–50. See ir-2, remediable
Related formsir·re·me·di·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·me·di·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for irremediable

Historical Examples

  • Why seek for knowledge, which can prove only that our wretchedness is irremediable?

    Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • And so the altercation in the night went on, over the irremediable.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • He suffered too much under a conviction of irremediable folly.

  • That this should have happened was the irremediable mistake of the slim stranger.

    The House in the Water

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • This has been an irremediable evil, as well as my incapacity to draw.


British Dictionary definitions for irremediable

irremediable

adjective
  1. not able to be remedied; incurable or irreparable
Derived Formsirremediableness, nounirremediably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for irremediable

adj.

mid-15c., from Late Latin irremediabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + remediabilis (see remediable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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