irrecoverable

adjective
ir·​re·​cov·​er·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈkəv-rə-bəl How to pronounce irrecoverable (audio) , -ˈkə-və- \

Definition of irrecoverable

: not capable of being recovered or rectified : irreparable an irrecoverable loss

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Other Words from irrecoverable

irrecoverableness noun
irrecoverably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈkəv-​rə-​blē How to pronounce irrecoverably (audio) , -​ˈkə-​və-​ \ adverb

Examples of irrecoverable in a Sentence

unfortunately, he was destined to live out his days as an irrecoverable alcoholic one computer file proved to be irrecoverable after the crash
Recent Examples on the Web Disruption is appealing, and the promise to move fast and break things (even priceless and irrecoverable ones, such as democracy) can be a recruiting tool. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Silence of the Never Facebookers," 10 June 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020 The analysis showed that water levels in nearly a fourth of the wells in Arizona’s monitoring program have dropped more than 100 feet since they were drilled, a loss that experts say is probably irrecoverable. Ian James, azcentral, "Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of irrecoverable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Irrecoverable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrecoverable. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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irrecoverable

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of irrecoverable

formal : impossible to recover or get back

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