irrecoverable

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

Definition of irrecoverable

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

Other Words from irrecoverable

irrecoverableness noun
irrecoverably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈkə-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce irrecoverable (audio) \ 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 Still, vice versa, do not get caught by the ownership requirements, which could see businesses suffering irrecoverable costs if not planned correctly. Robert Marchant, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Many were naive when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, thinking communism was consigned to an irrecoverable past. Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ, 8 June 2022 Is the subway at last, after a century, down and irrecoverable? Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 When the option term ends, unexercised stock options expire and are irrecoverable. Bruce Brumberg, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In such a world of chance and contingency, earthly happiness is impossible, existing only in the future, which is uncertain, or in the past, which is irrecoverable. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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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 Oct. 2022.

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