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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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Examples from the web for irreparable
  • They eventually fixed the report, but the damage to me was irreparable.
  • No doubt they thought it a prank, and are now appalled and shocked that their prank caused such irreparable harm.
  • Off-road vehicles, when used irresponsibly, can cause irreparable damage to desert habitats.
  • It is better to find faults now, than to have irreparable consequences in the future.
  • Weird, dangerous jewelry that is functional, but if you used it you would probably cause yourself some irreparable damage.
  • The solution is something that will control the insects without doing irreparable harm to other plants and animals.
  • Short of that, the sport will never truly be considered clean and irreparable harm may have already taken hold of cycling's core.
  • Unfortunately, this is the mindset which has brought mankind to the verge of causing irreparable damage to his vehicle.
  • The intention is to inflict irreparable damage on an entire profession.
  • Dropping a cell phone or laptop can, of course, cause irreparable damage.
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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