incapable of being recovered or regained: an irrecoverable debt.
unable to be remedied or rectified; irretrievable: an irrecoverable loss.
- ir·re·cov·er·a·ble·ness, noun
- ir·re·cov·er·a·bly, adverb
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How to use irrecoverable in a sentence
The new estimate puts the total amount of irrecoverable carbon at 139 gigatons, researchers report November 18 in Nature Sustainability.
Such carbon is “irrecoverable” on the timescale — decades, not centuries — needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and keeping it locked away is crucial.
Much of that carbon would remain in the air by 2050, the team reports, as many of these ecosystems take centuries to return to their former glory, rendering it irrecoverable on a timescale that matters for addressing climate change.
Now, through a new mapping project, scientists have estimated how much irrecoverable carbon resides in peatlands, mangroves, forests and elsewhere around the globe — and which areas need protection.
Freud connected this belief to the irrecoverable sensations of being a baby—before an infant is aware of its separateness, when the contours of the self are blurred.The Whale Who Will Come Soon - Issue 105: Whale Songs | Rebecca Giggs | September 8, 2021 | Nautilus
Rents are in most parts of Ireland irrecoverable: the misery in many of its Unions equals that of the worst period of the famine.
There is no spot in England so thronged as this with the shadows of a remote, a mysterious, and an irrecoverable past.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
Every day ushered in some new calamity; the cause of America seemed hastening to irrecoverable ruin.Great Events in the History of North and South America | Charles A. Goodrich
The salt becomes indissoluble and the paprika is irrecoverable flotsam.The Main Chance | Meredith Nicholson
Even now some important works are still apparently irrecoverable.
British Dictionary definitions for irrecoverable
not able to be recovered or regained
not able to be remedied or rectified
- irrecoverableness, noun
- irrecoverably, adverb
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