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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The papers show Dewan's lawyer Samantha Spector filed on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences, according to the site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenna Dewan Reportedly "Showed Off PDA" with Her New Man at a Halloween Party," 29 Oct. 2018 Jolie, 43, filed for divorce from Pitt, 54, in September of 2016 citing irreconcilable differences. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Angelina Jolie claims Brad Pitt is trying to 'distract from the fact' he hasn’t paid child support," 2 Oct. 2018 Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "11 of the Longest Celebrity Engagements," 12 Aug. 2018 The separation of North and South looms large as a metaphor for countless smaller but equally irreconcilable divisions across an entire spectrum of Korean society. Justin Chang,, "Director Lee Chang-dong and actor Steven Yeun on the profound mysteries of 'Burning'," 27 May 2018 So comprehensive was the charade that men could act in entirely irreconcilable ways, animated by desire and denial, by passion and suppression, all at once and without recognizing any contradiction. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: A Closeted Past, Partially Recaptured," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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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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