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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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

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Part of the value of Eisner’s biography is to situate a lastingly familiar and accessible body of work in its author’s exceptional experience of an irrecoverable recent past. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 In Heraclitus’ doctrine of perpetual flux, each moment (as in his famous river) is unique and irrecoverable. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did an Ancient Greek Anticipate Trump?," 22 June 2018 Had Duda not acted so quickly, Skrtel's situation could have became irrecoverable., "Former Liverpool Centre Back Martin Skrtel Saved by Teammate Following Horrific Incident," 26 Mar. 2018 On Tuesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis is warning Congress that a long-term continuing resolution to fund the government will lead to irrecoverable lost training time, delayed ship maintenance and critical personnel gaps. Zachary Cohen And Barbara Starr, CNN, "US Special Operations soldier killed in training exercise," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of irrecoverable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irrecoverable

formal : impossible to recover or get back

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