irretrievable

play
adjective ir·re·triev·able \ˌir-i-ˈtrē-və-bəl\

Definition of irretrievable

  1. :  not retrievable :  impossible to regain or recover

irretrievability

play \-ˌtrē-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

irretrievably

play \ˌir-i-ˈtrē-və-blē\ adverb

Examples of irretrievable in a sentence

  1. The data was irretrievable after the computer crashed.

  2. the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage

1702

First Known Use of irretrievable

1702


IRRETRIEVABLE Defined for English Language Learners

irretrievable

play
adjective ir·re·triev·able \ˌir-i-ˈtrē-və-bəl\

Definition of irretrievable for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to recover or get back


IRRETRIEVABLE Defined for Kids

irretrievable

play
adjective ir·re·triev·able \ˌir-i-ˈtrē-və-bəl\

Definition of irretrievable for Students

  1. :  impossible to get back <The lost data is irretrievable.>

irretrievably

\-blē\ adverb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up irretrievable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a Mesopotamian temple tower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ