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[ih-rev-uh-kuh-buh l]
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  1. not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable: an irrevocable decree.
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Origin of irrevocable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word irrevocābilis. See ir-2, revocable
Related formsir·rev·o·ca·bil·i·ty, ir·rev·o·ca·ble·ness, nounir·rev·o·ca·bly, adverbnon·ir·rev·o·ca·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ir·rev·o·ca·ble, adjectivenon·ir·rev·o·ca·ble·ness, nounnon·ir·rev·o·ca·bly, adverb
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  1. not able to be revoked, changed, or undone; unalterable
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Derived Formsirrevocability or irrevocableness, nounirrevocably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrevocable


also irrevokable, late 14c., from Latin irrevocabilis "that cannot be recalled, unalterable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + revocabilis (see revoke). Related: Irrevocably.

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