irrevocable

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adjective ir·rev·o·ca·ble \ i-ˈre-və-kə-bəl , ˌi(r)- , sometimes ˌir-(r)ə-ˈvō-kə- \
Updated on: 7 Aug 2017

Definition of irrevocable

:not possible to revoke :unalterable
  • an irrevocable decision

irrevocability

play \i-ˌre-və-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌir-(r)ə-ˌvō-kə-\ noun

irrevocableness

play \i-ˈre-və-kə-bəl-nəs, ˌir-(r)ə-ˈvō-kə-\ noun

irrevocably

play \i-ˈre-və-kə-blē, ˌi(r)-, sometimes ˌir-(r)ə-ˈvō-kə-\ adverb

Examples of irrevocable in a Sentence

  1. She has made an irrevocable decision.

Recent Examples of irrevocable from the Web

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irrevocable and Trusts

Irrevocable has a formal sound to it and is often used in legal contexts. Irrevocable trusts are trust funds that cannot be dissolved by the people who created them (the other kind is a revocable trust). An irrevocable credit is an absolute obligation from a bank to provide credit to a customer. Irrevocable gifts, under U.S. tax law, are gifts that are given by one living person to another and can't be reclaimed by the giver. But the word isn't always legal; we've all had to make irrevocable decisions, decisions that commit us absolutely to something.

Origin and Etymology of irrevocable

Middle English, from Latin irrevocabilis, from in- + revocabilis revocable


IRREVOCABLE Defined for English Language Learners

irrevocable

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adjective

Definition of irrevocable for English Language Learners

  • : not capable of being changed : impossible to revoke


IRREVOCABLE Defined for Kids

irrevocable

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adjective ir·rev·o·ca·ble \ i-ˈre-və-kə-bəl \

Definition of irrevocable for Students

:impossible to take away or undo
  • an irrevocable decision

irrevocably

\-blē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

irrevocable

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adjective ir·rev·o·ca·ble \ ir-ˈre-və-kə-bəl \

legal Definition of irrevocable

:not capable of being revoked
  • the offer was irrevocable for ten days

irrevocability

noun

irrevocably

adverb


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