Examples of irreversible in a Sentence
He suffered an irreversible loss of vision.
The crisis has done irreversible harm to the countries' relations.
Recent Examples of irreversible from the Web
In addition to leaving McGrath susceptible to infection, the condition seemed, for many, irreversible.
If a species is completely wiped out, that’s an important and irreversible loss.
By comparison, the Great Recession lowered global GDP by about 6 percent, in a onetime shock; Hsiang and his colleagues estimate a one-in-eight chance of an ongoing and irreversible effect by the end of the century that is eight times worse.
When spectators look upward to watch a firework show, falling debris may cause irreversible eye injury.
What’s different about the current moment is this: In technological revolutions past, rapid and irreversible changes caused massive dislocation, but over time those revolutions created new and often better kinds of work.
Then-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited King Cove in 2013 and ultimately decided that a road would do irreversible damage to the refuge.
Damage may be irreversible after about 10 minutes without oxygen, and recovery is virtually impossible after 15 minutes.
Just this week, MSCI Inc. decided against raising Argentina to emerging market status because it wasn’t convinced the changes were irreversible, costing the nation billions in new investment.
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First Known Use of irreversible
IRREVERSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irreversible for English Language Learners
: impossible to change back to a previous condition or state
IRREVERSIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of irreversible for Students
: impossible to change back to a previous condition : impossible to reverse irreversible harm
Medical Definition of irreversible
: incapable of being reversed : not reversible an irreversible medical procedure: asa: impossible to make run or take place backward irreversible chemical synthesesbof a colloid : incapable of undergoing transformation from sol to gel or vice versacof a pathological process : of such severity that recovery is impossible irreversible brain damage
irreversibility\-ˌvər-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
Legal Definition of irreversible
: not reversible an irreversible decision
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