un·​re·​deem·​able ˌən-ri-ˈdē-mə-bəl How to pronounce unredeemable (audio)
: unable to be redeemed or made better : irredeemable
an unredeemable scoundrel
turning unredeemable characters into protagonists we can pull forWilliam Buchheit

Examples of unredeemable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most unlikable among them aren’t totally unredeemable. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2023 Her dad was unredeemable. John Anderson, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2022 Alongside health concerns, steering committee member Alicia Kendrick said that she and other residents are frustrated at how quickly some communities, like Joppa, are thought of as unredeemable. Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2022 What is left is a closer feeling of closeness to his characters — to ugly, sorrowing, tender, stalwart, ruined, unredeemable people, failing at their lives and yet trying, still, to live them. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Like focus, much can be left to the camera in auto mode, and even seemingly unredeemable exposure can often be corrected during editing. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 7 Jan. 2021 By now, Welch was smiling a bit, eager to discuss redemption in a moment that sometimes seems unredeemable. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2020 Soon after, Walt discovers Jane choking on vomit in her sleep and does nothing to save her, a decision that made his character unredeemable in the eyes of some viewers. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 10 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unredeemable was in 1551

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“Unredeemable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unredeemable. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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