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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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  • Some environmentalists, fearing the projects will irretrievably damage a unique desert habitat, are opposing the facilities.
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  • It is uncompromisingly and irretrievably difficult reading.
  • She is not about to take lessons from once rich western countries who have damaged themselves irretrievably.
  • Unlike many in the tech world, he's a quiet disrupter, sabotaging business models silently and irretrievably.
  • If you find this conceit irretrievably silly, the film is unlikely to persuade you otherwise.
  • He may discover, however, that the bureaucracy has irretrievably broken down.
  • All that they had possessed was irretrievably lost, and they had nothing to show for it.
  • The ties of respect and fondness and mutual vision that once bound a coach and his team are irretrievably gone.
  • There are countless ways a show can jump the shark and turn undeniably, irretrievably, tragically bad.
British Dictionary definitions for irretrievably

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 irretrievably

irretrievable

adj.

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

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