ir·re·deem·able | \ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-bəl \

Definition of irredeemable 

1 : not redeemable: such as

a : not terminable by payment of the principal irredeemable bond

b : inconvertible sense a

2 : being beyond remedy : hopeless irredeemable mistakes

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irredeemably \ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-blē \ 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.

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Another progressive approach is to write off the white working class as a group of irredeemable bigots who are unwelcome in polite liberal society. WSJ, "Elites Miss the Point on Immigration Politics," 13 July 2018 On September 9th, the same day that Hillary Clinton would go on to refer to President Trump’s supporters as irredeemable and deplorable. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 Very reminiscent of those comments her mother made about Americans being deplorable and irredeemable. Fox News, "Purple Heart recipient helps veterans battle opioid abuse," 29 May 2018 There’s an irredeemable conflict at play when drug makers give money to expert physicians, Prasad said, because that funding is directly tied to the company’s profits. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A billionaire couple is pumping money into the drug pricing debate. Can they loosen pharma’s grip?," 26 Mar. 2018 But defense lawyers repeatedly called him an irredeemable liar — an argument bolstered considerably in early February, when he was arrested midway through his testimony for admitting to trying to defraud his credit card company. Vivian Wang And Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Jury in New York Corruption Trial Says It Is Deadlocked," 6 Mar. 2018 This Penguin is a grotesque and irredeemable monster from birth. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Do Tim Burton’s Batman Movies Hold Up?," 7 Feb. 2018 Star Wars has a strange relationship with its central villains: Darth Sidious/The Emperor was literally irredeemable, but the same wasn’t true of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, ultimately. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Wars: Episode IX' Needs to Deliver These Answers," 18 Dec. 2017 What if Gotham is irredeemable and Batman is even worse? Jack Hamilton, Slate Magazine, "How to Pull for the Patriots in the Age of Trump," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of irredeemable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of irredeemable

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


ir·re·deem·able | \ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-bəl \

Kids Definition of irredeemable

: impossible to save or help an irredeemable gambler

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evasion of direct action or statement

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