[ ir-i-mee-dee-uh-buhl ]
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  1. not admitting of remedy, cure, or repair: irremediable conduct.

Origin of irremediable

From the Latin word irremediābilis, dating back to 1540–50. See ir-2, remediable

Other words from irremediable

  • ir·re·me·di·a·ble·ness, noun
  • ir·re·me·di·a·bly, adverb

Words Nearby irremediable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use irremediable in a sentence

  • Loss, where she was concerned, involved a permanent and irremediable bereavement—no substitute was conceivable.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • The position was irremediable; Tom's neglect and inefficiency were established beyond question.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • Other phrases, of a morbid tenderness, seem like music whispering consolation for unavowed sorrows and irremediable despair.

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
  • The disaster which presented itself as he approached appeared almost irremediable.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • The captain of the steamer smiled, for he saw no need of such a question, since he considered the damage irremediable.

    Adrift on the Pacific | Edward S. Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for irremediable


/ (ˌɪrɪˈmiːdɪəbəl) /

  1. not able to be remedied; incurable or irreparable

Derived forms of irremediable

  • irremediableness, noun
  • irremediably, adverb

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