un·​rec·​on·​cil·​able ˌən-ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl How to pronounce unreconcilable (audio)
: impossible to reconcile : irreconcilable
Unfortunately, within the scientific community, there are two very divided, almost unreconcilable, camps. Roy Attaway
unreconcilably adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Bullock, Tines conveyed the unreconcilable, which is the essence of the spiritual. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 For the rest of Christianity, the mystery of how to reconcile the seemingly unreconcilable is beyond the human ability to reason. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 25 Jan. 2021 The director, Lileana Blain-Cruz, allows female characters to exist in all their complex humanity, without sanding down or slicing off any of the unlikable or unreconcilable bits. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2020 To appreciate the whole requires embracing that life is similarly composed of unreconcilable elements. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unreconcilable was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Unreconcilable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreconcilable. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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