ir·​re·​place·​able | \ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl \

Definition of irreplaceable 

: not replaceable an irreplaceable antique

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Other Words from irreplaceable

irreplaceability \ˌir-​i-​ˌplā-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
irreplaceableness \ˌir-​i-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
irreplaceably \ˌir-​i-​ˈplā-​sə-​blē \ adverb

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And there’s irreplaceable value in the behind-the-scenes work of U.N. affiliates: the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "Let’s Get the U.N. Out of the U.S.," 28 Sep. 2018 For the vast majority of the US government, Eastern Europe is still a region with irreplaceable strategic importance to American interests and is America’s main bulwark against westward Russian expansion. Michal Kranz, Vox, "Why Eastern European countries aren’t attacking Trump over NATO," 26 July 2018 And while a lot of fans are sad about Perette's departure, calling her irreplaceable, others are saying Reasonover would be a good fit. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'NCIS' Announces Diona Reasonover Is Permanently Replacing Pauley Perette," 19 July 2018 Maws' inventiveness and commitment to seasonal ingredients have created something irreplaceable in the city's culinary landscape. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 If not as flashy as some other names on this list, Conrad is an all-SEC lock and an irreplaceable piece for the UK offense. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 2018 Surely even in an era of substitute frontpersons, Carlisle is irreplaceable. Fred Schruers, Billboard, "The Go-Go's Bring Fun & Fireworks to Hollywood Bowl Fourth of July Concert," 5 July 2018 Alabama lost five of its top six defensive backs from 2017, none more important or irreplaceable than Fitzpatrick. Creg Stephenson,, " All-Access: Which Alabama, Auburn players will be hardest to replace in 2018?," 27 Feb. 2018 Some analysts have asked whether there are similarly irreplaceable assets on the Chinese side – such as rare earth elements exported to the U.S. – to be used as reciprocal leverage. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of irreplaceable

1807, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irreplaceable

: too valuable or rare to be replaced : not replaceable


ir·​re·​place·​able | \ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of irreplaceable

: too valuable or too rare to be replaced The stolen art is irreplaceable.

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