un·​re·​cov·​er·​able ˌən-ri-ˈkə-və-rə-bəl How to pronounce unrecoverable (audio)
: unable to be recovered, recaptured, or regained : hopelessly lost : irrecoverable
unrecoverable loans
: unable to be corrected : irremediable
an unrecoverable error/failure
an airplane in an unrecoverable spin

Examples of unrecoverable in a Sentence

believed that there was no such thing as an unrecoverable criminal the flood caused unrecoverable damage to our home
Recent Examples on the Web The Pivotal team is aware, however, that just one crash might render the company’s trajectory unrecoverable, and potential customers are expected to complete a two-week program at its training center. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Internal polling can even be used to push opponents to drop out, showing unrecoverable levels of support. Leah Askarinam, ABC News, 7 Feb. 2024 Faced with unrecoverable job losses in agriculture, small-town leaders courted manufacturers with subsidies, obliging regulations, and a cheap, non-unionized workforce. Manufacturers, accepting this invitation, industrialized the rural landscape. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 His remains were declared unrecoverable and were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii with other unknowns from the Korean War. Aurora Sousanis, Detroit Free Press, 18 Aug. 2023 The last time the death toll changed was Aug. 21, the day that President Biden visited Lahaina, a span of time that reflects the new phase of the recovery effort, as well as the likelihood that many people’s bodies were reduced to unrecoverable ash. Tim Arango and Lisa L. Schell, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2023 Older adults, meanwhile, are often assumed to be on a downward slope with unrecoverable loss. Rachel Wu, Scientific American, 29 June 2023 Titanic submersible: What a 'catastrophic implosion' means and what officials found Understanding why the submersible imploded would be useful in any lawsuit alleging gross negligence but such a case could still be successful even if the wreckage is unrecoverable, Luff said. Max Zahn, ABC News, 23 June 2023 The injury to the Kentucky Derby hopeful was said to be unrecoverable, and he was euthanized. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unrecoverable was in the 15th century

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“Unrecoverable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecoverable. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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