ir·​rec·​on·​cil·​able | \ i-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl How to pronounce irreconcilable (audio) , -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 How to pronounce irreconcilability (audio) \ noun
irreconcilableness \ i-​ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irreconcilableness (audio) , -​ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī-​ \ noun
irreconcilably \ i-​ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​blē How to pronounce irreconcilably (audio) , -​ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī-​ , ˌi(r) \ adverb

Examples of irreconcilable in a Sentence


theories that are irreconcilable with each other

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Oregon’s first public records advocate resigned on Monday roughly 18 months into the job, citing irreconcilable differences with Gov. Kate Brown’s staff over the advocate’s role. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon public records advocate resigns, accuses Gov. Kate Brown’s staff of inappropriate pressure," 9 Sep. 2019 Hemsworth cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for his petition, according to court documents obtained by CNN. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Liam Hemsworth files for divorce from Miley Cyrus," 21 Aug. 2019 According to different sources to different news outlets, Holmes and Foxx’s split may be due to industry pressures, distance, or simply irreconcilable differences. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Breakup," 22 Aug. 2019 Hemsworth, whose attorney Laura Wasser has been involved in many major stars’ divorces, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hemsworth seeks to divorce Cyrus after 7 months of marriage," 21 Aug. 2019 The combination of rising expenses, declining revenues and competing interests has led to a seemingly irreconcilable split. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "‘A Black Eye’ for the Purple Heart, as Groups Feud Over Funding," 13 June 2019 Filled with displaced from elsewhere, the province in Syria's northwest corner is packed with some 3 million people, the most deeply irreconcilable with Assad's government and including some of the world's most radical militants. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "A last showdown looms over Syrian opposition stronghold," 3 Aug. 2018 But fear not: nothing is irreconcilable, since all is bathed in the universal solvent of pop culture, specifically, American pop culture, embodied by the music and the persona of Bruce Springsteen. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Teen-Ager Is Saved by the Music of Bruce Springsteen in “Blinded by the Light”," 15 Aug. 2019 In May 2018, Jarrahy filed for divorce, blaming the split on irreconcilable differences, People and TMZ reported. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "The puzzling reason that Geena Davis lied to Oprah Winfrey and others about her fourth marriage," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of irreconcilable


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

formal : so different that agreement is not possible


ir·​rec·​on·​cil·​able | \ i-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl How to pronounce irreconcilable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irreconcilable

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

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