[ri-kuhv-er-uh-buh l]
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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unrecoverable

Historical Examples of unrecoverable

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

  • 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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper