ir·rec·on·cil·able | \i-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl, -ˈre-kən-ˌsī-, ˌi(r)-\

Definition of irreconcilable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: impossible to reconcile irreconcilable differences



Definition of irreconcilable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is irreconcilable especially : a member of a group (such as a political party) opposing compromise or collaboration

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irreconcilability \i-ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
irreconcilableness \i-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl-nəs, -ˈre-kən-ˌsī- \ noun
irreconcilably \i-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-blē, -ˈre-kən-ˌsī-, ˌi(r) \ adverb

Examples of irreconcilable in a Sentence


theories that are irreconcilable with each other

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Reconciling irreconcilable contradictions has been Ms. Merkel’s unofficial job description for years. New York Times, "Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained," 3 July 2018 In the meantime, Tuesday will kick off a series of last-ditch meetings and closed-door negotiations to try to chart a path out of a seemingly irreconcilable divide. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Republicans' immigration collision course on track for dramatic conclusion," 5 June 2018 The actress, 55, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles County, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents obtained by The Blast. Alexia Fernandez,, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos Files for Divorce After Almost 25 Years of Marriage," 3 July 2018 But on Friday, Nia Vardalos, 55, filed for divorce from husband Ian Gomez, 53, citing irreconcilable differences. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Big Fat Greek Wedding' star Nia Vardalos files for divorce from husband Ian Gomez," 3 July 2018 A month later, Renee filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking child and spousal support of Maverick. Dave Quinn,, "Little Women: LA’s Briana Renee Says Her Kids Are Her 'First Priority' as Ex Is Accused of Assault," 20 June 2018 The papers cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Alicia Silverstone says she's 'super excited' about 'being available' to date after divorce," 19 June 2018 People routinely say that America is rapidly becoming two nations, divided by irreconcilable political and cultural differences. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "A TV Watcher’s Bid to Keep Up With the Bingers," 14 June 2018 Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. Rebecca Farley,, "Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Divorce Has Taken A Dramatic Turn," 13 June 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above


1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irreconcilable was in 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of irreconcilable

: so different that agreement is not possible


ir·rec·on·cil·able | \i-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl \

Kids Definition of irreconcilable

: impossible to bring into agreement or harmony Their irreconcilable differences might lead to war.

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