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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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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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 German auto-industry leaders are making the case to the Trump administration that a trade feud with the U.S. will cause irreparable damage to global business. Oliver Sachgau,, "German carmakers seek to defuse Trump threat on auto imports," 5 July 2018 In another development, German auto industry leaders are making the case to the Trump administration that a trade feud with the U.S. will cause irreparable damage to global business. Bloomberg News, Houston Chronicle, "Merkel warns of worldwide financial crisis," 4 July 2018 The damage that occurs when separating a young child from a parent is irreparable, Couch said. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Boise protesters: 'Those seeking refuge' shouldn't have families torn apart in U.S.," 30 June 2018 They are insulated that much more, and their capacity for change, let alone the courage to change others, diminished to potentially irreparable levels. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Longest Clapback Ever," 22 June 2018 That means that children will continue to be locked up in cages, causing them irreparable psychological harm. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Trump Ends Family-Separation Policy, Will Jail Families Together Instead," 20 June 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

: 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

Other Words from irreparable

irreparably adverb

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