irreconcilable

[ ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy- ]
/ ɪˈrɛk ənˌsaɪ lə bəl, ɪˌrɛk ənˈsaɪ- /

adjective

incapable of being brought into harmony or adjustment; incompatible: irreconcilable differences.
incapable of being made to acquiesce or compromise; implacably opposed: irreconcilable enemies.

noun

a person or thing that is irreconcilable.
a person who is opposed to agreement or compromise.

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Origin of irreconcilable

First recorded in 1590–1600; ir-2 + reconcilable

OTHER WORDS FROM irreconcilable

ir·rec·on·cil·a·bil·i·ty, ir·rec·on·cil·a·ble·ness, nounir·rec·on·cil·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilability

irreconcilable
/ (ɪˈrɛkənˌsaɪləbəl, ɪˌrɛkənˈsaɪ-) /

adjective

not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible

noun

a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
(usually plural) one of various principles, ideas, etc, that are incapable of being brought into agreement

Derived forms of irreconcilable

irreconcilability or irreconcilableness, nounirreconcilably, adverb
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