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

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 How to pronounce irreparable (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the biologists say losing any of their tiny island — or having the bridge and its vehicle pollution move closer — would cause irreparable harm. Washington Post, "Biologists say a wider American Legion Bridge would destroy critical research site," 11 Dec. 2020 Judge Immergut ruled in both cases that the plaintiffs could not show irreparable harm when grant money had been set aside for them. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Federal judge rejects second effort to block state’s $62 million fund for Black Oregonians," 8 Dec. 2020 Attorneys for the two northern Minnesota tribes argued that allowing construction to continue would cause irreparable harm should the court rule in their favor. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Minnesota regulators deny request to delay Line 3 pipeline," 4 Dec. 2020 Allison contends that the hostile work environment and wrongful arrest have caused him emotional and physical distress, lost wages and irreparable harm to his reputation. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford police sergeant files complaint alleging discrimination," 25 Nov. 2020 And the thousands of migrants and refugees who have faced irreparable harm, trauma, and death over the past four years as a result of those same policies don’t have the luxury of simply erasing these abuses from memory and moving on. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "The Government’s Human Cruelty Will Outlive Trump," 25 Nov. 2020 The court scheduled a hearing for Nov. 20 to decide whether Great Northern could establish irreparable harm to support a preliminary injunction in light of the bond offer. oregonlive, "State’s $62 million relief fund for Black Oregonians is a unique, and possibly fleeting, experiment in social justice," 14 Nov. 2020 Plans to develop a $10 million water pumping station to support population growth in the region threaten to cause irreparable harm to the land, which includes an ancient burial ground. National Geographic, "Will we erase these landmarks of our past?," 28 Sep. 2020 Chestney noted her recommendation to U.S. District Judge Fred Biery is limited to Bradshaw’s claim that irreparable harm would occur if he were ousted from the council based on that one verbal altercation. Scott Huddleston,, "Judge recommends injunction to stop Leon Valley councilman’s removal," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Dec 2020

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“Irreparable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce irreparable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce irreparable (audio) \

Legal Definition of irreparable

: impossible to repair, remedy, or undo

Other Words from irreparable

irreparably adverb

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