ir·​re·​deem·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-bəl How to pronounce irredeemable (audio) \

Definition of irredeemable

1 : not redeemable: such as
a : not terminable by payment of the principal irredeemable bond
2 : being beyond remedy : hopeless irredeemable mistakes

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irredeemably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈdē-​mə-​blē How to pronounce irredeemable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irredeemable in a Sentence

She does not believe that anyone is completely irredeemable. Without intervention, the country could fall into irredeemable chaos.
Recent Examples on the Web But Murphy’s comment carries with it the implication that West Virginia’s rightward tilt is not only irredeemable, but inevitable. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 This movie had all the potential to be amazing — who doesn’t like high stakes drama, especially ones involving irredeemable characters. Sydney Clarke,, 29 June 2021 The classic Disney villain, the singing, dancing incarnation of pure evil, seemed to be on the verge of extinction, as Disney’s heroes began to grapple with internal battles, rather than flamboyant antagonists with irredeemable wicked souls. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 30 May 2021 In the latter case, a committee of educators and students—but notably no historians—identified institutions whose namesakes were judged irredeemable. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Conversely, if the Salazar brand is irredeemable, why doesn’t the Swoosh cut him loose? Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 18 May 2021 Is David an irredeemable monster or a lost soul who deserves his second chance? Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 This department is fundamentally broken and looks irredeemable. Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 The spat with Ferguson points to a potentially uncomfortable fact for Mishra, who styles himself as an outsider speaking truth to an insensible and irredeemable establishment. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of irredeemable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irredeemable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of irredeemable

formal : not able to be saved, helped, or made better


ir·​re·​deem·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-bəl How to pronounce irredeemable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irredeemable

: impossible to save or help an irredeemable gambler

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