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irrecoverable

[ir-i-kuhv-er-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being recovered or regained: an irrecoverable debt.
  2. unable to be remedied or rectified; irretrievable: an irrecoverable loss.
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Origin of irrecoverable

First recorded in 1530–40; ir-2 + recoverable
Related formsir·re·cov·er·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·cov·er·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words

deadlyfatalhopelessinoperableirreversibleirreplaceableabsentadriftdisorientedinvisiblevanishedhiddenmisplacedforlornvainfutiledespondentsadterminalimpossible

Examples from the Web for irrecoverable

Historical Examples

  • I perceived that she was irrecoverable, and yet I stood watching, watching, watching!

    The Frozen Pirate

    W. Clark Russell

  • Its Pitt is irrecoverable; and it may long look for another such.

  • It was not what I had looked for; what I had looked for was in the irrecoverable past.

  • He quitted that scene in a state of grievous and irrecoverable depression.

    The Violin

    George Dubourg

  • It was as though a clock had struck, loud and inexorably, marking off some irrecoverable hour.

    Sanctuary

    Edith Wharton


British Dictionary definitions for irrecoverable

irrecoverable

adjective
  1. not able to be recovered or regained
  2. not able to be remedied or rectified
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Derived Formsirrecoverableness, nounirrecoverably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrecoverable

adj.

mid-15c., from Old French irrecovrable, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + recovrable (see recover). In same sense irrecuperable (from Late Latin irrecuperabilis) is from mid-14c. Related: Irrecoverably.

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