irretrievable

[ir-i-tree-vuh-buh l]
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adjective

not capable of being retrieved; irrecoverable; irreparable.

Nearby words

  1. irresponsible,
  2. irresponsive,
  3. irresuscitable,
  4. irretentive,
  5. irretraceable,
  6. irreverence,
  7. irreverent,
  8. irreversible,
  9. irreversible pulpitis,
  10. irrevocable

Origin of irretrievable

1695–1705; ir-2 + retrievable

Related formsir·re·triev·a·bil·i·ty, ir·re·triev·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·triev·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for irretrievably

irretrievable

adjective

not able to be retrieved, recovered, or repaired
Derived Formsirretrievability or irretrievableness, nounirretrievably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for irretrievably

irretrievable

adj.

1690s (implied in irretrievably), from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + retrievable (see retrieve). Related: Irretrievably.

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