irreplaceable

adjective

ir·​re·​place·​able ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio)
: not replaceable
an irreplaceable antique
irreplaceability noun
irreplaceableness noun
irreplaceably adverb

Examples of irreplaceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, in our current legal system, Young Thug’s surrealistic music seems to be what landed him in an entirely real jail cell, where irreplaceable years of creativity will have been stripped away by the end of this ordeal, even if he’s acquitted. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 But Forbes’ gumption was irreplaceable in the first half. Luca Evans, Orange County Register, 11 Mar. 2024 My team + all of my collaborators are irreplaceable & priceless pieces of this puzzle. Glamour, 5 Feb. 2024 In the Kremlin’s telling, Putin is the irreplaceable commander in chief, the strategist and diplomat who can carry the country on his shoulders, and the purveyor of order who will lead the country to victory. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 Her arrival three years ago set into motion an exponential program trajectory, culminating in one singular moment recruiting a transcendent freshman and surrounding her with a bevy of irreplaceable supporting acts. Luca Evans, Orange County Register, 11 Mar. 2024 Many have worked for 40 years or more, bringing vast and often irreplaceable expertise. Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 At risk are the national treasures housed inside the Federal Triangle, the low-lying area between the White House and the Capitol, home to 39 critical government facilities, $14 billion in property and irreplaceable artifacts of America’s history. John Muyskens, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 Before the Alabama ruling, other cases had tried to classify embryos as living people to signify their irreplaceable value. Katherine Drabiak, The Conversation, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irreplaceable was in 1807

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“Irreplaceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irreplaceable. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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irreplaceable

adjective
ir·​re·​place·​able ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio)
: not replaceable
a museum full of irreplaceable works of art
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