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irreparable

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adjective ir·rep·a·ra·ble \i-ˈre-p(ə-)rə-bəl, ˌi(r)- also ÷ˌir-(r)ə-ˈper-ə-bəl\

Simple Definition of irreparable

  • : too bad to be corrected or repaired

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of irreparable

  1. :  not reparable :  irremediable <irreparable damage>

irreparableness

noun

irreparably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of irreparable in a sentence

  1. The oil spill did irreparable harm to the bay.

  2. The damage to their relationship was irreparable.



Origin and Etymology of irreparable

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin irreparabilis, from in- + reparabilis reparable


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with irreparable


IRREPARABLE Defined for Kids

irreparable

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adjective ir·rep·a·ra·ble \i-ˈre-pə-rə-bəl\

Definition of irreparable for Students

  1. :  impossible to get back or to make right <A storm did irreparable damage to the beach.>

irreparably

\-blē\ adverb



Law Dictionary

irreparable

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adjective ir·rep·a·ra·ble \i-ˈre-pə-rə-bəl, -prə-bəl\

Legal Definition of irreparable

  1. :  impossible to repair, remedy, or undo

irreparably

adverb




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