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irretrievable

[ir-i-tree-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈtri və bəl/
adjective
1.
not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable.
Origin of irretrievable
1695-1705
1695-1705; ir-2 + retrievable
Related forms
irretrievability, irretrievableness, noun
irretrievably, adverb
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  • He pulled away the mans hands from the gaping neck-wound, whence the life was irretrievably spurting.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • The benches are buried as irretrievably as if they "had been carried into the midst of the sea."

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Killed himself when the Ming dynasty was irretrievably lost.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
  • Pies and turnips were ruined as irretrievably as the turkey.

  • The blast struck him full in the face; he was terribly scorched, and his eyesight was irretrievably lost.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
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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