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

Definition of irreconcilable

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: 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 irreconcilable (audio) \ noun
irreconcilableness \ i-​ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irreconcilable (audio) , -​ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī-​ \ noun
irreconcilably \ i-​ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​blē How to pronounce irreconcilable (audio) , -​ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī-​ , ˌi(r) \ adverb

Examples of irreconcilable in a Sentence

Adjective theories that are irreconcilable with each other
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The rapper's hospitalization comes about six months after his wife of 24 years, Nicole Young, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Dr. Dre speaks out after being rushed to ICU with possible brain aneurysm," 6 Jan. 2021 At the end of the 1920s, further and irreconcilable hardship came with the Great Depression. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "One hundred years on: Remembering the forgotten Black heroes of baseball," 4 Dec. 2020 Jayne, whose legal name is Erika Girardi, married the famed attorney in 2000 but filed for divorce last month, citing irreconcilable differences. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, "Suit alleges L.A. attorney stole to splurge on ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Erika Jayne," 2 Dec. 2020 Going back and forth between households with irreconcilable customs and beliefs caused the children to feel bewildered and lost, the lawyer for the religious parent would say. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?," 30 Nov. 2020 Having quickly driven out other forms of social participation, Silicon Valley offers new political and economic arrangements that are irreconcilable with the old. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 Over the course of nearly three weeks this summer, Nicol heard lurid — and irreconcilable — accounts from Depp and Heard in which each accused the other of abuse., "U.K. Court Rules Against Johnny Depp in Libel Action," 2 Nov. 2020 Both Depp and Heard spent several days in the witness box during the three-week trial in July, giving irreconcilable accounts of their volatile relationship., "UK court rules against Johnny Depp in libel action," 2 Nov. 2020 Both Nazism and Soviet communism, valorizing strength and developing cults of personality around charismatic dictators, were plainly and avowedly irreconcilable with American ideas of liberalism. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "America Has No Duty to Rule the World," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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“Irreconcilable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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