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

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 Those manuscripts have had a turbulent past, threatened by Islamist rebels and irrevocable loss. Gertrude Kitongo, CNN, 11 May 2022 The Guardians now have seven days to trade or place Bradley and Allen on irrevocable outright waivers. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 2 May 2022 The players will not be paid, and the notice is irrevocable. Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 At the time, press freedom in Russia seemed irrevocable. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 But climate change, pollution, development, and human-wildlife conflict are also having immense, potentially irrevocable impacts on the animal kingdom. Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022 When the colonists equated drums with warfare, enslaved Africans found another, irrevocable musical outlet: the body, transformed into instruments through dance, song, hand claps and all manner of rhythmic expressions. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Eventually, the trust usually becomes irrevocable, which means changes no longer can be made. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Irrevocable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrevocable. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for irrevocable

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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