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[ir-i-kuhv-er-uh-buh l]
  1. incapable of being recovered or regained: an irrecoverable debt.
  2. 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
Related formsir·re·cov·er·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·cov·er·a·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples of irrecoverably

  • In the flurry his Winchester had become displaced and was irrecoverably gone.

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • But if this be discharged by accident, the eye is irrecoverably lost.

  • Irrecoverably, as turned out, and in that unbearable manner.

  • How many deeds of heroism have been irrecoverably forgotten!

    Eskimo Life

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • He had long since found that his heart was irrecoverably gone.


    Charlotte Turner Smith

British Dictionary definitions for irrecoverably


  1. not able to be recovered or regained
  2. not able to be remedied or rectified
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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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