irreparable

[ ih-rep-er-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪˈrɛp ər ə bəl /

adjective

not reparable; incapable of being rectified, remedied, or made good: an irreparable mistake.

Nearby words

  1. irremeable,
  2. irremediable,
  3. irremediably,
  4. irremissible,
  5. irremovable,
  6. irreparably,
  7. irrepealable,
  8. irreplaceable,
  9. irrepleviable,
  10. irreplevisable

Origin of irreparable

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word irreparābilis. See ir-2, reparable

Related formsir·rep·a·ra·bil·i·ty, ir·rep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounir·rep·a·ra·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for irreparable

irreparable

/ (ɪˈrɛpərəbəl, ɪˈrɛprəbəl) /

adjective

not able to be repaired or remedied; beyond repair
Derived Formsirreparability or irreparableness, nounirreparably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for irreparable

irreparable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French irréparable (12c.), from Latin irreparabilis "irreparable, irrecoverable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reparabilis "that can be repaired" (see repair).

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