unrecoverable

adjective
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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Examples of unrecoverable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling enabled producers to extract oil and natural gas once believed unrecoverable. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Meyer traced it in the early 1950s to Switzerland, yet the looted work was unrecoverable under Swiss law, even though its pillaging was not in dispute. David D'arcy, CNN, 7 June 2021 Fast forward forty or fifty years and a similarly disastrous decision might be unrecoverable. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Veterinarians determined the injury was unrecoverable and the horse was euthanized. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2021 Veterinarians determined the injury was unrecoverable and the horse was euthanized. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2021 Veterinarians determined the injury was unrecoverable and the horse was euthanized. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2021 Newsom’s political future is tied now to what the image evokes for tens of millions of Californians, the tenuous hope ahead or the unrecoverable loss of the past year. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Veterinarians determined the injury was unrecoverable and the horse was euthanized. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2021

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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