[ ir-i-kuhv-er-uh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈkʌv ər ə bəl /
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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 irrecoverableir·re·cov·er·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·cov·er·a·bly, adverb
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How to use irrecoverable in a sentence
I have dwelt on this as an illustration of how irrecoverably a man loses his manhood when he is made a God.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
The Association itself was in the same condition—gone irrecoverably likewise.
He was certainly better, but I could not help feeling that his constitution was irrecoverably broken.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh|George W. Foote
At daylight, in all probability, he was about to see all his work sink slowly and irrecoverably into the gulf.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
Two days afterward the current washed the dead mule ashore at Matucanas, but its load was irrecoverably lost.
British Dictionary definitions for irrecoverable
/ (ˌɪrɪˈkʌvərəbəl, -ˈkʌvrə-) /
not able to be recovered or regained
not able to be remedied or rectified
Derived forms of irrecoverableirrecoverableness, nounirrecoverably, adverb
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