[ ir-i-kuhv-er-uh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈkʌv ər ə bəl /


incapable of being recovered or regained: an irrecoverable debt.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM irrecoverable

ir·re·cov·er·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·cov·er·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for irrecoverably

/ (ˌɪrɪˈkʌvərəbəl, -ˈkʌvrə-) /


not able to be recovered or regained
not able to be remedied or rectified

Derived forms of irrecoverable

irrecoverableness, nounirrecoverably, adverb
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