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[ih-rek-uh n-sahy-luh-buh l, ih-rek-uh n-sahy-] /ɪˈrɛk ənˌsaɪ lə bəl, ɪˌrɛk ənˈsaɪ-/
incapable of being brought into harmony or adjustment; incompatible:
irreconcilable differences.
incapable of being made to acquiesce or compromise; implacably opposed:
irreconcilable enemies.
a person or thing that is irreconcilable.
a person who is opposed to agreement or compromise.
Origin of irreconcilable
1590-1600; ir-2 + reconcilable
Related forms
irreconcilability, irreconcilableness, noun
irreconcilably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Naturally, they staked out opposing and irreconcilable positions.
  • It is, however, wrong to suggest that the two are irreconcilable.
  • The damage it could cause our inner-office relationship would be irreconcilable.
  • Every war has its convinced and irreconcilable opponents.
  • irreconcilable differences between industry, government and patient representatives prevented any agreement on bigger issues.
  • Their voter base has fundamental and seemingly irreconcilable disagreements with their donor base.
  • Beyond that, the reasons for the breakup seem as irreconcilable as oil and vinegar.
  • At their best, such deals persuade supposedly irreconcilable parties of their common interest.
  • Whatever it is must reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable demands of consumers and the industry.
  • But it seems those values are so different that they are irreconcilable.
British Dictionary definitions for irreconcilable


/ɪˈrɛkənˌsaɪləbəl; ɪˌrɛkənˈsaɪ-/
not able to be reconciled; uncompromisingly conflicting; incompatible
a person or thing that is implacably hostile or uncompromisingly opposed
(usually pl) one of various principles, ideas, etc, that are incapable of being brought into agreement
Derived Forms
irreconcilability, irreconcilableness, noun
irreconcilably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreconcilable

1590s, from French irréconcilable (16c.), from Medieval Latin *irreconcilabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reconcilabilis (see reconcile). Related: Irreconcilably. As a noun from 1748.

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