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

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Nonetheless, the truth of the matter is that Karl Lagerfeld is irreplaceable. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 The cool breeze is a wonderful alternative to those hot summer months and the crunch of leaves beneath the bride and groom's feet provide an irreplaceable soundtrack to the soirée. Jenna Milliner-waddell, ELLE Decor, "30 Gorgeous Fall Wedding Colors For An Unforgettable Day," 13 Oct. 2017 In those two years, yoga has become an irreplaceable complement to my training. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "Why All Runners Should Consider Adding Yoga to Their Routines," 15 Jan. 2019 This is an unaffordable trajectory, making fewer carriers and planes affordable—and their loss in combat irreplaceable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 Ehrenreich is irreplaceable to the culture, with her rigor and skepticism, her allergy to comforting illusions. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Barbara Ehrenreich Urges Us to Accept, Accept the Dying of the Light," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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