Definition of irretrievable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈtriːvəb(ə)l/


Not able to be retrieved or put right: the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage
More example sentences
  • A couple are legally entitled to divorce after two years when there is an irretrievable breakdown - but only if both parties agree in writing.
  • But fault was still a feature in many divorce cases, since irretrievable breakdown had to be shown in one of five ways.
  • Two allegations effected an irretrievable breakdown between Toulouse and the University.



Pronunciation: /ɪrɪtriːvəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Memories, Sonnabend contends, are confabulations, artificial constructions that we design to protect ourselves against the irretrievability of past events in the face of our inevitable amnesia.
  • It bespeaks a loss of something, while denying complete irretrievability of the absent object.
  • Kelly Riechart's critically acclaimed road movie is a richly textured account of the irretrievability of the past.

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