unreplaceable

replace

[ri-pleys]
verb (used with object), replaced, replacing.
1.
to assume the former role, position, or function of; substitute for (a person or thing): Electricity has replaced gas in lighting.
2.
to provide a substitute or equivalent in the place of: to replace a broken dish.
3.
to restore; return; make good: to replace a sum of money borrowed.
4.
to restore to a former or the proper place: to replace the vase on the table.

Origin:
1585–95; re- + place

replaceable, adjective
replaceability, noun
replacer, noun
nonreplaceable, adjective
quasi-replaced, adjective
unreplaceable, adjective
unreplaced, adjective
well-replaced, adjective


1. succeed. Replace, supersede, supplant refer to putting one thing or person in place of another. To replace is to take the place of, to succeed: Ms. Jones will replace Mr. Smith as president. Supersede implies that that which is replacing another is an improvement: The typewriter has superseded the pen. Supplant implies that that which takes the other's place has ousted the former holder and usurped the position or function, especially by art or fraud: to supplant a former favorite. 3. refund, repay.
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replace (rɪˈpleɪs)
 
vb
1.  to take the place of; supersede: the manual worker is being replaced by the machine
2.  to substitute a person or thing for (another which has ceased to fulfil its function); put in place of: to replace an old pair of shoes
3.  to put back or return; restore to its rightful place
 
re'placeable
 
adj
 
replacea'bility
 
n
 
re'placer
 
n

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replace
1595, "to restore to a previous place," from re- "back, again" + place (v.). Meaning "to take the place of" is recorded from 1733. Replacement "act or fact of being replaced" is from 1790; meaning "something that replaces another" is attested from 1894.
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