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irretrievable

[ir-i-tree-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈtri və bəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of being retrieved; irrecoverable; irreparable.
Origin of irretrievable
1695-1705
1695-1705; ir-2 + retrievable
Related forms
irretrievability, irretrievableness, noun
irretrievably, adverb
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  • The man's chance is not irretrievable, at least such is the theory.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • What was to come of such a career, save immediate and irretrievable ruin?

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • And she had no wish to add this irretrievable folly to the original blunder.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • After all the demolitions of Totila, the ruin was not irretrievable.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • We know that the fact is irretrievable, and struggle to be proud of what we cannot help.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The last act was reckless and irretrievable, but it was vague.

  • It was also a definite and irretrievable step towards separation.

    Belgium

    Emile Cammaerts
  • But an irretrievable split on the remainder seemed inevitable.

British Dictionary definitions for irretrievable

irretrievable

/ˌɪrɪˈtriːvəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be retrieved, recovered, or repaired
Derived Forms
irretrievability, irretrievableness, noun
irretrievably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irretrievable
adj.

1690s (implied in irretrievably), from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + retrievable (see retrieve). Related: Irretrievably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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