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[ir-i-kuhv-er-uh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈkʌv ər ə bəl/
incapable of being recovered or regained:
an irrecoverable debt.
unable to be remedied or rectified; irretrievable:
an irrecoverable loss.
Origin of irrecoverable
1530-40; ir-2 + recoverable
Related forms
irrecoverableness, noun
irrecoverably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for irrecoverable
  • The loss was irrecoverable, since neither could swim.
  • There is room for repentance: your salvation is not irrecoverable.
  • The extinction of each language results in the irrecoverable loss of unique cultural, historical and ecological knowledge.
  • Or is it because it represents the irrecoverable time wasted reading and responding to a troll with his thumb up his rear.
  • Destroys electronic records, making them irrecoverable.
  • Loss of sight, speech or hearing, means entire and irrecoverable loss.
  • irrecoverable error attempting to access reverse validity account on disc.
  • One tends to think of stiffness as the final stage four-when the patient presents with an apparently irrecoverable loss of motion.
  • Some of them may be revived by a resurgence of business, others are in advanced stages of decay and irrecoverable.
  • Making water available by reducing return flows or seepage in conveyance systems that would otherwise be irrecoverable.
British Dictionary definitions for irrecoverable


/ˌɪrɪˈkʌvərəbəl; -ˈkʌvrə-/
not able to be recovered or regained
not able to be remedied or rectified
Derived Forms
irrecoverableness, noun
irrecoverably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrecoverable

mid-15c., from Old French irrecovrable, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + recovrable (see recover). In same sense irrecuperable (from Late Latin irrecuperabilis) is from mid-14c. Related: Irrecoverably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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