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[ir-i-dee-muh-buh l]
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  1. not redeemable; incapable of being bought back or paid off.
  2. irremediable; irreparable; hopeless.
  3. beyond redemption; irreclaimable.
  4. (of paper money) not convertible into gold or silver.
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Origin of irredeemable

First recorded in 1600–10; ir-2 + redeemable
Related formsir·re·deem·a·bil·i·ty, ir·re·deem·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·deem·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words for irredeemable

hardened, irreversible, irreplaceable, forlorn, sad, tragic, useless, desperate, impossible, helpless, pointless, abandoned, beastly, incurable, intractable, inveterate, irreparable, loser, wicked, irredeemable

Examples from the Web for irredeemable

Historical Examples of irredeemable

  • There was the thought he had to face, and behind him lay his own irredeemable blunder.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener

    Leslie Moore

  • We are to-day flooding the country with an irredeemable currency.

    A Military Genius

    Sarah Ellen Blackwell

  • As to his real opinion on an irredeemable currency there can be no doubt.

    Fiat Money Inflation in France

    Andrew Dickson White

  • This arrest of our great friend is a misfortune, but not an irredeemable one.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • But this irredeemable and final disaster is surely incredible.

British Dictionary definitions for irredeemable


  1. (of bonds, debentures, shares, etc) without a date of redemption of capital; incapable of being bought back directly or paid off
  2. (of paper money) not convertible into specie
  3. (of a sinner) not able to be saved or reformed
  4. (of a loss) not able to be recovered; irretrievable
  5. not able to be improved or rectified; irreparable
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Derived Formsirredeemability or irredeemableness, nounirredeemably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irredeemable


c.1600, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + redeemable. Related: Irredeemably.

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