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[ri-kuhv-er-uh-buh l] /rɪˈkʌv ər ə bəl/
able to recover or be recovered:
a patient now believed to be recoverable; recoverable losses on his investments.
Origin of recoverable
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at recover, -able
Related forms
recoverability, recoverableness, noun
nonrecoverable, adjective
unrecoverable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unrecoverable
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  • Unthankfulness, which tends to make them unreconcilable and unrecoverable.

  • Details were unrecoverable, but the emotions in which they were embedded moved.

    Four Weird Tales Algernon Blackwood
  • It is difficult, this conjuring with the unrecoverable past, so rashly done by us all.

    Emerson and Other Essays John Jay Chapman
  • He had done it, and assured me that he didn't regret his lost youth or sigh after its unrecoverable pleasures.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • Living criticism, genuine appreciation, is the interest we draw from year to year on the unrecoverable capital of human genius.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • The Rani clapped her hands joyfully, for the manœuvre enabled her flying mission to gain an unrecoverable advantage.

Word Origin and History for unrecoverable



late 15c., from Old French recouvrable, from recouvrer (see recover) .

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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