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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not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable: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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  • They represent a gender revolution that many see as irrevocably tied to a reproductive revolution.
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  • There is obviously disagreement among neuro-scientists on the theory that you claim was irrevocably disproved many years ago.
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  • But over the past half century, the balance has been lost, perhaps irrevocably.
  • The poem was lost, apparently irrevocably, and then found.
  • And the loss will put him irrevocably on a path to the presidency.
British Dictionary definitions for irrevocably


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 irrevocably



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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