[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsirrecoverableness, nounirrecoverably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrecoverably



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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