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irrecoverable

Line breaks: ir|re¦cov¦er|able
Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈkʌv(ə)rəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of irrecoverable in English:

adjective

Not able to be recovered, regained, or remedied: his liquid assets had to be written off as irrecoverable
More example sentences
  • Twine said the write-off removed the necessity for the municipality to attempt to recover money that was irrecoverable.
  • In India, owing to the time lag involved in the recovery, banks tend to hold on to advances considered irrecoverable in their books.
  • As to the other two points, it was not suggested that the cost of repairs might be irrecoverable or that it might be uneconomic to recover it.
Synonyms
unrecoverable, unreclaimable, irretrievable, irredeemable, irrevocable, unrestorable, unsalvageable, irremediable, lost, lost and gone, gone for ever, beyond cure, beyond hope, hopeless;

Derivatives

irrecoverably

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adverb
Example sentences
  • Mrs Keith fears the site could be irrecoverably damaged in the estimated two years before developers complete their work.
  • Some time around the ninth century, Sappho's nine books were irrecoverably lost.
  • I'm sure that such people would have a pet humanely put down if if were irrecoverably ill.

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