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 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
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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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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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