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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Recent Examples on the Web With the shutdown poised to extend deep into the second quarter, FilmLA analysts predict that local losses in terms of shoot days are already unrecoverable for the year. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "First-Quarter Filming in L.A. Plunges 18 Percent Due to COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2020 Just last month, both Democratic and Republican senators considered legislation to ban end-to-end encryption, using unrecoverable evidence in crimes against children as an example. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Wanted the iPhone to Have End-to-End Encryption. Then the FBI Stepped In," 23 Jan. 2020 But its worldwide grounding has dragged on since March 2019—after software installed on the aircraft pushed two Max planes into unrecoverable nosedives, killing 346 people in two fatal crashes—and has hit yet more setbacks in recent days. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Boeing 737 Max Setbacks Could Further Delay Its Return," 16 Jan. 2020 There are bigger, deeper, and likely unrecoverable losses ahead for the world’s largest venture-capital fund. Washington Post, "SoftBank’s Vision Fund Writedown Can’t Be the Half of It," 25 Oct. 2019 His criticism, of course, comes at a crucial juncture for his campaign, where missing the debate stage could prove unrecoverable. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Democrats Ask: Do We Really Want an All-White Final Four?," 5 Dec. 2019 This said, the world is at risk of unrecoverable changes, and the generation that will be inheriting this is fighting a guerrilla war for environmental continuity. David Meyer, Fortune, "OK Boomer…," 27 Nov. 2019 The company was initially told the money was unrecoverable, but was eventually able to claw it back. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "An extra letter “s” enabled a million-dollar real estate scam," 20 Nov. 2019 In both cases, MCAS malfunctioned because of erroneous data, sending the planes into unrecoverable nose dives. BostonGlobe.com, "Boeing pilot complained of ‘egregious’ issue with 737 Max in 2016 - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unrecoverable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unrecoverable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecoverable. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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