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

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 In his decision, Underhill cited irreparable harm to the plaintiffs and noted that according to testimony of Title IX expert Donna Lopiano, UConn had not been in compliance with Title IX since 2008. Lori Riley,, 29 Dec. 2021 Even if Lula wins, there are questions about whether Bolsonaro and his supporters will accept defeat and whether his tenure has done irreparable harm to the country’s fragile democracy. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Apple has also made a sufficient showing of irreparable harm... and that the remaining factors weigh in favor of staying part (i) of the injunction and maintaining the status quo pending appeal... Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2021 Much of the town’s historic district — about two miles from the candle factory where eight people died — has sustained severe or, in some cases, irreparable damage. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Dealing with adult children whose performance in a family business is sub-standard cannot only create stress and interpersonal conflict but can also cause irreparable damage to business operations and impair a family’s wealth. Scott Friedman, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 But Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who like Kavanaugh was regarded as a possible swing vote, said women who gave birth unwillingly would not face irreparable harm. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021 Trump’s lawyer, Jesse Binnall, argued that the former president would suffer irreparable harm if the documents are released and that novel questions are at stake in the case. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021 Children play in a hot toxic vapor that's doing irreparable harm to both their lungs and the planet. James Longman, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2021

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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 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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