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[ir-i-pley-suh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈpleɪ sə bəl/
incapable of being replaced; unique:
an irreplaceable vase.
Origin of irreplaceable
1800-10; ir-2 + replaceable
Related forms
irreplaceably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for irreplaceable
  • We all have horror stories about lost projects, papers, or irreplaceable photos.
  • But time, and poor restorations, have ravaged these irreplaceable works.
  • irreplaceable objects are routinely transported and displayed.
  • As a physician and as a human being he was unique and irreplaceable.
  • However, having the raw biological machinery of intelligence is simply irreplaceable.
  • He predicted over a hundred years ago the sacrilege of burning irreplaceable petroleum oil when energy is all around us.
  • We mourn deeply the loss of a friend who is irreplaceable and whose impact on our lives will forever be felt.
  • Capitalism has been so vital for so long that it seems irreplaceable.
  • There is something irreplaceable about the television set.
  • He is simply irreplaceable and his loss will be felt forever.
British Dictionary definitions for irreplaceable


not able to be replaced: an irreplaceable antique
Derived Forms
irreplaceably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for irreplaceable

1807, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + replaceable. Related: Irreplaceably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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