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irrevocable Syllabification: ir·rev·o·ca·ble
Pronunciation: /əˈrevəkəb(ə)l/

Definition of irrevocable in English:


Not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final: an irrevocable step
More example sentences
  • They are spending a fortune preparing for this irrevocable step.
  • The French company receives irrevocable commitments from over 50 per cent of shareholders.
  • But he ‘stepped back from the brink of radical or irrevocable acts against members of his ruling circle’.
irreversible, unalterable, unchangeable, immutable, final, binding, permanent, carved in stone;
Law peremptory


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin irrevocabilis, from in- 'not' + revocabilis 'able to be revoked' (from the verb revocare).



Pronunciation: /ˌi(r)ˌrevəkəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • But when I think about it, the reality, the responsibility, the irrevocability of it, there's no spark, no enthusiasm.
  • It secures publicity and transparency, she said, and added that the best aspect of it was the irrevocability of deals.
  • In fact, the poet finds her most powerful tool to be one of the clearest markers of the irrevocability of the loss.


Pronunciation: /ˌi(r)ˈrevəkəblē/
Example sentences
  • Yet it would also signal to the outer world that the Tory party had changed, irrevocably, and forever.
  • It was during that eight-week course that Skinner finally fell irrevocably in love with wine.
  • The bond between Bush and the American people has clearly been broken, perhaps irrevocably.

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