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[ih-rev-uh-kuh-buh l] /ɪˈrɛv ə kə bəl/
not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable:
an irrevocable decree.
Origin of irrevocable
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin irrevocābilis. See ir-2, revocable
Related forms
irrevocability, irrevocableness, noun
irrevocably, adverb
nonirrevocability, noun
nonirrevocable, adjective
nonirrevocableness, noun
nonirrevocably, adverb Unabridged
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  • As soon as something becomes a video game, apparently it's effect on society is irrevocable.
  • If the chairman or dean made a prompt, irrevocable decision, things would go a lot quicker.
  • The fathers themselves would have been the first to declare that their prerogatives were not irrevocable.
  • If only she had done something irrevocable, something he couldn't forget, something so bad she couldn't take it back.
  • It is predicated on a treaty arrangement that calls it irrevocable and irreversible.
  • Now its social arbiter had committed an unfortunate and perhaps irrevocable faux pas.
  • All balletomanes have their lists of irrevocable losses.
  • Were it an irrevocable transfer of power, we'd already smell the smoke.
  • Interfere with that process, and you can cause permanent, irrevocable damage.
  • Find a gracious way to delay making irrevocable decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for irrevocable


not able to be revoked, changed, or undone; unalterable
Derived Forms
irrevocability, irrevocableness, noun
irrevocably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrevocable

also irrevokable, late 14c., from Latin irrevocabilis "that cannot be recalled, unalterable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + revocabilis (see revoke). Related: Irrevocably.

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