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

Examples of unrecoverable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Secret Service disputes her account, but has provided just a single text exchange from the time period to the panel, saying others had been deleted and were unrecoverable. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 But recently the markets have lost their nerve: As of late May, the company’s stock was down 90% from its high, leaving Wall Street to wonder whether the current setback is a minor detour or an unrecoverable crash. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 24 May 2022 With the Red Raiders unable to do anything to slow down the Longhorns’ defense, their lifelessness of offense dug them in an unrecoverable ditch way too early into this game. Ryan Mainville, Dallas News, 25 Sep. 2021 Sewage from factories and plants, pesticides and other harmful substances used in agriculture, these pollutants are killing marine life at frightening, unrecoverable rates. Soulaima Gourani, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Although different owners throughout the 2000s aimed to restore its original look, the renovation had destroyed all of the neoclassical architectural features, rendering them unrecoverable. Spencer Bevis, Dallas News, 26 Sep. 2021 While the researchers were able to reconstruct almost all of the Christmas Island rat's genome, almost 5 percent of it was unrecoverable, according to the study. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 Humans kill over 120 million sharks a year, mainly for their fins for soup and many shark species are now under considerable risk of unrecoverable decline with some species having declined to near extinction in recent years. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Jan. 2022 On match days, the squad is a hotchpotch of bright sparks scrambling around to recover an unrecoverable ambiance only 17 seasons of the Argentine’s flair can bring. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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