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irretrievable Line breaks: ir|re¦triev|able
Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈtriːvəb(ə)l/

Definition of irretrievable in English:


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.


Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈtriːvəbli/
Example sentences
  • Well, it certainly changes her career irretrievably.
  • This does not mean the relationship has irretrievably broken down.
  • You'd have to be irretrievably out of your mind to actually use one of these things.

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