[ir-i-pley-suh-buh l]


incapable of being replaced; unique: an irreplaceable vase.

Origin of irreplaceable

First recorded in 1800–10; ir-2 + replaceable
Related formsir·re·place·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for irreplaceable

Contemporary Examples of irreplaceable

Historical Examples of irreplaceable

  • In that case you shall have consumed ten pounds of irreplaceable metal.


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Five irreplaceable generals were dead; six more, wounded or captured.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

  • And from this it follows that each man is not only unique, but irreplaceable.

    The Truth of Christianity

    William Harry Turton

  • We need not regard them conceptually as unchangeable or irreplaceable.

    Natural Philosophy

    Wilhelm Ostwald

  • The truth of the matter is that everything that is original is irreplaceable.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

British Dictionary definitions for irreplaceable



not able to be replacedan irreplaceable antique
Derived Formsirreplaceably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreplaceable

1807, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + replaceable. Related: Irreplaceably.

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