irrecoverable

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

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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irrecoverable

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

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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