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[ir-i-dee-muh-buh l]
  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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Historical Examples of irredeemably

  • Here was one half of the evidence in Lexman's favour gone, irredeemably.

  • Do you mean that she could never be worthy of him—that she is irredeemably wicked?

    Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • The average is higher among them, and they are not so irredeemably uninteresting.

    The Open Air

    Richard Jefferies

  • It is only a complete absence of the moral faculty which is irredeemably bad.

    Hours in a Library

    Leslie Stephen

  • The opportunity to overtake the intruder was irredeemably past.

    Kastle Krags

    Absalom Martin

British Dictionary definitions for irredeemably


  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 irredeemably



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

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