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irretrievable

[ir-i-tree-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈtri və bəl/
adjective
1.
not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; ir-2 + retrievable
Related forms
irretrievability, irretrievableness, noun
irretrievably, adverb
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Examples from the web for irretrievable
  • To make a long story short, once the accusations were made the damage was irretrievable and took on a life of its own.
  • Once that intellectual property is disclosed, the loss will be irretrievable.
  • Whether it had been lost or destroyed, the cast seemed irretrievable.
  • If the trial court finds an irretrievable breakdown, the court must grant a dissolution.
  • The irretrievable commitment of resources means a loss of production, harvest, or use of natural resources for a finite period.
  • Irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage.
  • Pending actions for divorce or separation are deemed to have been commenced on the basis of irretrievable breakdown.
  • Data stored in electronic format will be rendered irretrievable before computers are discarded or destroyed.
  • irretrievable breakdown of the marriage must be established before a court decree nisi of divorce can be issued.
British Dictionary definitions for irretrievable

irretrievable

/ˌɪrɪˈtriːvəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be retrieved, recovered, or repaired
Derived Forms
irretrievability, irretrievableness, noun
irretrievably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irretrievable
adj.

1690s (implied in irretrievably), from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + retrievable (see retrieve). Related: Irretrievably.

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