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irrevocable

[ih-rev-uh-kuh-buh l] /ɪˈrɛv ə kə bəl/
adjective
1.
not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable:
an irrevocable decree.
Origin of irrevocable
1350-1400
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
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  • Linger not in the thoughts of the past, Poppa; it is irrevocable.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • If you understood me better, you would know that my decision is irrevocable!

  • She retires to the convent in the isle of Nonnewerth, and takes the irrevocable veil.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To Mel Hastings this marked a significant and irrevocable passage of time.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • It is through the irresistible and irrevocable decrees of the gods that the city has fallen.

British Dictionary definitions for irrevocable

irrevocable

/ɪˈrɛvəkəbəl/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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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