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[ih-rep-er-uh-buh l] /ɪˈrɛp ər ə bəl/
not reparable; incapable of being rectified, remedied, or made good:
an irreparable mistake.
Origin of irreparable
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word irreparābilis. See ir-2, reparable
Related forms
irreparability, irreparableness, noun
irreparably, adverb Unabridged
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  • His body was irreparably wasted, and his mind was fast going.

  • If his boy were irreparably hurt anywhere, it was in his foot.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Frogs, Rana, have been irreparably injured by their resemblance to the Toads.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • It could not imagine him not at its service; and he was irreparably gone.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • Fortunately there was no grossness, no clownishness of behavior, which would have irreparably offended his fastidious taste.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
British Dictionary definitions for irreparably


/ɪˈrɛpərəbəl; ɪˈrɛprəbəl/
not able to be repaired or remedied; beyond repair
Derived Forms
irreparability, irreparableness, noun
irreparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreparably

mid-15c., from irreparable + -ly (2).



early 15c., from Old French irréparable (12c.), from Latin irreparabilis "irreparable, irrecoverable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reparabilis "that can be repaired" (see repair).

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