[ir-i-dee-muh-buh l]


not redeemable; incapable of being bought back or paid off.
irremediable; irreparable; hopeless.
beyond redemption; irreclaimable.
(of paper money) not convertible into gold or silver.

Nearby words

  1. irrebuttable,
  2. irreclaimable,
  3. irreconcilable,
  4. irrecoverable,
  5. irrecusable,
  6. irredenta,
  7. irredentism,
  8. irredentist,
  9. irreducible,
  10. irreducible hernia

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

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British Dictionary definitions for irredeemable



(of bonds, debentures, shares, etc) without a date of redemption of capital; incapable of being bought back directly or paid off
(of paper money) not convertible into specie
(of a sinner) not able to be saved or reformed
(of a loss) not able to be recovered; irretrievable
not able to be improved or rectified; irreparable
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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