irrevocable

adjective
ir·​rev·​o·​ca·​ble | \ i-ˈre-və-kə-bəl How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) , ˌi(r)-, sometimes ˌir-(r)ə-ˈvō-kə- How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) \

Definition of irrevocable

: not possible to revoke : unalterable an irrevocable decision

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Other Words from irrevocable

irrevocability \ i-​ˌre-​və-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) , ˌir-​(r)ə-​ˌvō-​kə-​ \ noun
irrevocableness \ i-​ˈre-​və-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) , ˌir-​(r)ə-​ˈvō-​kə-​ \ noun
irrevocably \ i-​ˈre-​və-​kə-​blē How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) , ˌi(r)-​ , sometimes  ˌir-​(r)ə-​ˈvō-​kə-​ \ adverb

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.

Examples of irrevocable in a Sentence

She has made an irrevocable decision.
Recent Examples on the Web Beau Chene Drive 660: $481,000, Kenneth R. Garcia and Bobby Jo Jarvis Garcia to Theresa Jean Keller irrevocable trust. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany property transfers, Dec. 1-7, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 24 Dec. 2020 The irrevocable loss of specimens poses a major risk to national security, public health and science. Popular Science, "How fossil preservation and public health are intertwined," 18 Dec. 2020 After an accident on the highway, the man’s wife of 40 years fell into an irrevocable coma. Usman T. Malik, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love,’ by Usman T. Malik," 11 Dec. 2020 The decision is not irrevocable, however, notes Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Cracking down on soot pollution could save thousands of lives—but the EPA won’t do it," 10 Dec. 2020 Madonna's Final Word irrevocable trust to Melinda B. Fitts. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany property transfers, Nov. 4-9, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 3 Dec. 2020 In this case, the trust will become irrevocable when the second spouse dies. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "How Prop. 19 property tax measure will (or won’t) affect real estate held in a trust," 5 Dec. 2020 Madonna's Final Word irrevocable trust to Melinda B. Fitts. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany property transfers, Nov. 4-9, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 3 Dec. 2020 Madonna's Final Word irrevocable trust to Melinda B. Fitts. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany property transfers, Nov. 4-9, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of irrevocable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for irrevocable

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

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“Irrevocable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrevocable. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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irrevocable

adjective
How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) How to pronounce irrevocable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of irrevocable

formal : not capable of being changed : impossible to revoke

irrevocable

adjective
ir·​rev·​o·​ca·​ble | \ i-ˈre-və-kə-bəl How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irrevocable

: impossible to take away or undo an irrevocable decision

Other Words from irrevocable

irrevocably \ -​blē \ adverb

irrevocable

adjective
ir·​rev·​o·​ca·​ble | \ ir-ˈre-və-kə-bəl How to pronounce irrevocable (audio) \

Legal Definition of irrevocable

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

Other Words from irrevocable

irrevocability noun
irrevocably adverb

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