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[ih-rep-er-uh-buh l] /ɪˈrɛp ər ə bəl/
not reparable; incapable of being rectified, remedied, or made good:
an irreparable mistake.
Origin of irreparable
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin irreparābilis. See ir-2, reparable
Related forms
irreparability, irreparableness, noun
irreparably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The failure of the crops of two successive years proved an irreparable —— to the emigrants.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Stern as Captain Campbell seemed, the loss of his son was irreparable.

  • The feeling, embraced by each of them with the most profound sincerity, was that Ranny's bereavement was irreparable, supreme.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • But it was all over, the irreparable had swept by, and utterly changed their lives.

  • You've got that—'so irreparable a wrong-doing as it might have been in other and easily imagined circumstances'?

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
British Dictionary definitions for irreparable


/ɪˈrɛpərəbəl; ɪˈrɛprəbəl/
not able to be repaired or remedied; beyond repair
Derived Forms
irreparability, irreparableness, noun
irreparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreparable

early 15c., from Old French irréparable (12c.), from Latin irreparabilis "irreparable, irrecoverable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reparabilis "that can be repaired" (see repair).

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