irreversible

adjective ir·re·vers·ible \ ˌir-i-ˈvər-sə-bəl \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of irreversible

: not reversible

irreversibility

play \ˌir-i-ˌvər-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

irreversibly

play \ˌir-i-ˈvər-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of irreversible in a Sentence

  1. He suffered an irreversible loss of vision.

  2. The crisis has done irreversible harm to the countries' relations.

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IRREVERSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

irreversible

Definition of irreversible for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to change back to a previous condition or state


IRREVERSIBLE Defined for Kids

irreversible

adjective ir·re·vers·i·ble \ ˌir-i-ˈvər-sə-bəl \

Definition of irreversible for Students

: impossible to change back to a previous condition : impossible to reverse
  • irreversible harm

Medical Dictionary

irreversible

adjective ir·re·vers·ible \ ˌir-i-ˈvər-sə-bəl \

medical Definition of irreversible

: incapable of being reversed : not reversible
  • an irreversible medical procedure
: as
a : impossible to make run or take place backward
  • irreversible chemical syntheses
b of a colloid : incapable of undergoing transformation from sol to gel or vice versa
c of a pathological process : of such severity that recovery is impossible
  • irreversible brain damage

irreversibility

play \-ˌvər-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural -ties

irreversibly

play \-ˈvər-sə-blē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

irreversible

adjective ir·re·ver·si·ble \ ˌir-rə-ˈvər-sə-bəl \

legal Definition of irreversible

: not reversible
  • an irreversible decision


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