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[ir-i-pley-suh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈpleɪ sə bəl/
incapable of being replaced; unique:
an irreplaceable vase.
Origin of irreplaceable
First recorded in 1800-10; ir-2 + replaceable
Related forms
irreplaceably, adverb Unabridged
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  • In that case you shall have consumed ten pounds of irreplaceable metal.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Five irreplaceable generals were dead; six more, wounded or captured.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • And from this it follows that each man is not only unique, but irreplaceable.

    The Truth of Christianity William Harry Turton
  • We need not regard them conceptually as unchangeable or irreplaceable.

    Natural Philosophy Wilhelm Ostwald
  • The truth of the matter is that everything that is original is irreplaceable.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
British Dictionary definitions for irreplaceable


not able to be replaced: an irreplaceable antique
Derived Forms
irreplaceably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for irreplaceable

1807, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + replaceable. Related: Irreplaceably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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