irremediable

adjective

ir·​re·​me·​di·​a·​ble ˌir-i-ˈmē-dē-ə-bəl How to pronounce irremediable (audio)
: not remediable
an irremediable error
also : incurable
irremediableness noun
irremediably adverb

Examples of irremediable in a Sentence

There was an irremediable split between the two sides of the family. the firm belief that no juvenile delinquent is irremediable
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin irremediabilis, from in- + remediabilis remediable

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irremediable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Irremediable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irremediable. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

irremediable

adjective
ir·​re·​me·​di·​a·​ble ˌir-i-ˈmēd-ē-ə-bəl How to pronounce irremediable (audio)
: not remediable
also : incurable
irremediably adverb

Medical Definition

irremediable

adjective
ir·​re·​me·​di·​a·​ble ˌir-i-ˈmēd-ē-ə-bəl How to pronounce irremediable (audio)
: impossible to remedy or cure

Legal Definition

irremediable

adjective
ir·​re·​me·​di·​a·​ble ˌir-rə-ˈmē-dē-ə-bəl How to pronounce irremediable (audio)
: impossible to remedy, correct, or redress
irremediable harm
irremediable conduct
irremediably adverb

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