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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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  • Until they collectively own up to what happened, pay the fine and do the time, their names will be tarnished irreparably.
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British Dictionary definitions for irreparably


/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 irreparably

mid-15c., from irreparable + -ly (2).



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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