ir·​re·​place·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \

Definition of irreplaceable

: not replaceable an irreplaceable antique

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Other Words from irreplaceable

irreplaceability \ ˌir-​i-​ˌplā-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irreplaceability (audio) \ noun
irreplaceableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irreplaceableness (audio) \ noun
irreplaceably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈplā-​sə-​blē How to pronounce irreplaceably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irreplaceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The statues have both a spiritual and historic value for Benin and are irreplaceable pieces of cultural property and heritage. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The battle to get Europe to return thousands of Africa’s stolen artifacts is getting complicated," 29 Nov. 2019 His expertise in state budget issues is irreplaceable and his insight will be sorely missed by both the Legislature and the citizens of Minnesota. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Sen. Richard Cohen of St. Paul won’t seek reelection," 17 Nov. 2019 But perhaps the hardest part, Stauer said, was losing the things that were irreplaceable. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "A family lost their home in a wildfire two years ago. They just had to evacuate again," 29 Oct. 2019 The left-back is irreplaceable and his role in the team remains untouchable despite one poor display., "Liverpool: The XI That Should Start Against Chelsea," 20 Sep. 2019 His experience and leadership provide boosts to the Angels clubhouse that are irreplaceable. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Albert Pujols must retire to join Hank Aaron and Willie Mays in 3,000-600-.300 club," 19 Nov. 2019 Her laughter was contagious, her criticisms usually ill-timed, and her hugs irreplaceable., "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/9," 9 Nov. 2019 But ironically, in response to the news, Tumblr’s user base has reminded us all exactly what a valuable and irreplaceable role the site has played in the evolution of modern internet culture. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 And regardless of cost of transport, many of the instruments are delicate and irreplaceable. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "These musical instruments are tough enough for travel in rural Alaska," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of irreplaceable

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Irreplaceable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irreplaceable

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

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