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


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


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilable

/ (ɪˈrɛkənˌsaɪləbəl, ɪˌrɛkənˈsaɪ-) /


not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible


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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