[ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy-]
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  1. incapable of being brought into harmony or adjustment; incompatible: irreconcilable differences.
  2. incapable of being made to acquiesce or compromise; implacably opposed: irreconcilable enemies.
  1. a person or thing that is irreconcilable.
  2. a person who is opposed to agreement or compromise.

Origin of irreconcilable

First recorded in 1590–1600; ir-2 + reconcilable
Related formsir·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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  • And there are some things which are,' he stopped to sob, 'irreconcilable with that, and wound that—wound it deeply.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • There necessarily exists a permanent and irreconcilable conflict of interest.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • There is in them an irreconcilable mixture of fury and formalism.

  • The differences of opinion among them were so great as apparently to be irreconcilable.

  • We seem to find that the ideal of knowledge is irreconcilable with experience.



British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilable


  1. not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible
  1. a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
  2. (usually plural) one of various principles, ideas, etc, that are incapable of being brought into agreement
Derived Formsirreconcilability or irreconcilableness, nounirreconcilably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreconcilable

1590s, from French irréconcilable (16c.), from Medieval Latin *irreconcilabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reconcilabilis (see reconcile). Related: Irreconcilably. As a noun from 1748.

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