beyond retrieval

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of beyond retrieval

1 :not able to be brought back
  • The old data is now beyond retrieval.
2 :not able to be corrected, cured, or saved
  • The patient may be beyond retrieval.
  • The situation is beyond retrieval.

Word by Word Definitions

beyond play
  1. : on or to the farther side : farther

  2. : in addition : besides

  1. : on or to the farther side of : at a greater distance than

  2. : out of the reach or sphere (see 1sphere 4b) of

  3. : in a degree or amount surpassing

  1. : something that lies on or to the farther side : something that lies beyond (see 1beyond 1)

  2. : something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience

retrieval play
  1. : an act or process of retrieving

  2. : possibility of being retrieved or of recovering


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