One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Incapable of being removed.‘the irremovable taint of corruption’
secure, secured, stable, steady, strong, sturdy, fixed, fast, set, taut, established, tightView synonyms
- ‘The media may not be clairvoyant, but their foreknowledge of all things electoral seems to be an entirely natural, irremovable part of the electoral exercise.’
- ‘Untreated soiled spots can become irremovable stains.’
- ‘He has been irremovable from the charts ever since and released his latest album last year.’
- ‘All of a sudden, with incredible speed, the fog we used to take as something virtually irremovable dispersed.’
- ‘Using its spines to grip objects firmly it lodges itself between tree roots and cracks in rocks, literally irremovable.’
- 1.1 (of an official) unable to be displaced from office.
steadfast, resolute, staunch, firm, constant, decided, determined, fixed, ingrained, unswerving, unwavering, unvacillating, unfaltering, unflinchingView synonyms
- ‘Reform was further hampered by the reactionary commander-in-chief from 1856 to 1895: the Duke of Cambridge who, as the queen's cousin, was held to be irremovable.’
- ‘Today, as an unelected Brussels official, he is unaccountable and irremovable.’
- ‘Doubtless, its four military members are not irremovable in law, but like the two civilian members they enjoy the independence inherent in the Convention's notion of a ‘court’.’
- ‘David Hockney is outspoken, privileged by his irremovable status, in his distaste for an officialdom of art.’
- ‘The justice of the peace, like the jury, like irremovable judges, like the Bar, was resented by those who regarded justice as something dispensed by rulers rather than something administered by society for the benefit of society.’
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