un·​re·​cov·​er·​able | \ ˌən-ri-ˈkə-və-rə-bəl How to pronounce unrecoverable (audio) , -ˈkəv-rə-\

Definition of unrecoverable

1 : unable to be recovered, recaptured, or regained : hopelessly lost : irrecoverable unrecoverable loans
2 : unable to be corrected : irremediable an unrecoverable error/failure an airplane in an unrecoverable spin

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In 1949, a military review board declared Lyle's remains unrecoverable. Salem Statesman Journal, OregonLive.com, "Remains of Marine killed in WWII heading home to Oregon," 4 Apr. 2018 Without the grocery chain, the hole left for the local non-profit community might have been unrecoverable, said Lake County Area United Way President Lisa Daugherty. Meredith Colias, Post-Tribune, "Charity beneficiaries breathe sigh of relief after Strack & Van Til sale," 27 July 2017 Patterson said that after U.S. war graves registration officials couldn't find his body because of the erroneous information from the unit’s commander, Nininger was deemed unrecoverable. Meg Jones, USA TODAY, "Families of World War II MIAs sue to identify remains," 27 May 2017 The experiences of Njinga’s subjects—enslaved, sacrificed, or dragooned into endless wars—remain sadly unrecoverable. David Owen, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of unrecoverable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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