ir·​rep·​a·​ra·​ble | \ i-ˈre-p(ə-)rə-bəl , ˌi(r)- also nonstandard ˌir-(r)ə-ˈper-ə-bəl \

Definition of irreparable

: not reparable : irremediable irreparable damage

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Other Words from irreparable

irreparableness noun
irreparably \ i-​ˈre-​p(ə-​)rə-​blē , ˌi(r)-​ also nonstandard  ˌir-​(r)ə-​ˈper-​ə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of irreparable in a Sentence

The oil spill did irreparable harm to the bay. The damage to their relationship was irreparable.

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But the new economic realities are pushing the Pemon away from green tourism and into a gold rush that environmentalists say may cause irreparable damage to Canaima. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 People on both sides of the aisle said the episode did irreparable damage to the country. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 The endotracheal tube going into her mouth scraped her vocal chords, causing irreparable damage. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet the Woman Who Uses Alternative Medicine and Gemstone Facials to Treat Patients," 19 Oct. 2018 To issue an injunction against a policy, a judge must find that its challengers are likely to prevail in court and that irreparable harm would result from continuing the policy meanwhile. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Republican Lawmakers Take Aim at Judges Issuing Nationwide Rulings," 13 Sep. 2018 What can only be described as a rubberneck-inducing, Alfalfa hair situation ensues, rendering her date-night vibe—a formfitting V-neck pink dress and no-makeup makeup look—virtually irreparable. Kate Branch, Vogue, "A Love Letter to the ’90s Bob That Changed Everything," 15 July 2018 Even for an artist who has happily stoked controversy in the past, this time seemed different, perhaps irreparable. Jason Parham, WIRED, "On Ye, Kanye West’s Ignorance Is Too Loud to Ignore," 4 June 2018 Sport Express called Russia's problems at the back almost irreparable. Dmitry Zaks,, "Friendlies expose Russia shortcomings ahead of hosting World Cup," 28 Mar. 2018 Keep in mind that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine. Gary Robbins,, "Safety tips for driving when roads are flooded," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of irreparable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for irreparable

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin irreparabilis, from in- + reparabilis reparable

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English Language Learners Definition of irreparable

formal : too bad to be corrected or repaired


ir·​rep·​a·​ra·​ble | \ i-ˈre-pə-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of irreparable

: impossible to get back or to make right A storm did irreparable damage to the beach.

Other Words from irreparable

irreparably \ -​blē \ adverb


ir·​rep·​a·​ra·​ble | \ i-ˈre-pə-rə-bəl, -prə-bəl \

Legal Definition of irreparable

: impossible to repair, remedy, or undo

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irreparably adverb

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