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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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 What happens if the replacement becomes irreplaceable when Darvish finally gets healthy? David Haugh,, "I-94 rivalry series is much bigger to first-place Brewers than red-hot Cubs," 11 June 2018 The Bosnian playmaker is one of just a handful of players in Turin who are deemed irreplaceable by Massimiliano Allegri and the Juventus hierarchy., "Juventus Ready New Contract for Midfield Star in Bid to End Speculation Over Future," 9 June 2018 There is not a single irreplaceable player on this roster. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do Heat need an intervention or arbitration?," 4 May 2018 The hit came from a disastrous fire last week that burned thousands of irreplaceable artifacts from the area’s hardscrabble history. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Huge Aberdeen fire steals thousands of pieces of town history, including a Kurt Cobain exhibit," 16 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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