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recoverable

[ri-kuhv-er-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. able to recover or be recovered: a patient now believed to be recoverable; recoverable losses on his investments.
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Origin of recoverable

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at recover, -able
Related formsre·cov·er·a·bil·i·ty, re·cov·er·a·ble·ness, nounnon·re·cov·er·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·cov·er·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unrecoverable

Historical Examples

  • Unthankfulness, which tends to make them unreconcilable and unrecoverable.

    A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)

    Richard Baxter

  • Details were unrecoverable, but the emotions in which they were embedded moved.

    Four Weird Tales

    Algernon Blackwood

  • It is difficult, this conjuring with the unrecoverable past, so rashly done by us all.

    Emerson and Other Essays

    John Jay Chapman

  • He had done it, and assured me that he didn't regret his lost youth or sigh after its unrecoverable pleasures.

    December Love

    Robert Hichens

  • Living criticism, genuine appreciation, is the interest we draw from year to year on the unrecoverable capital of human genius.


Word Origin and History for unrecoverable

recoverable

adj.

late 15c., from Old French recouvrable, from recouvrer (see recover) .

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