Definition of irreparable in English:



  • (of an injury or loss) impossible to rectify or repair.

    ‘they were doing irreparable damage to my heart and lungs’
    • ‘Now, some people will insist that massive strokes leave irreparable injuries to the brain.’
    • ‘The pictures of petrol-bomb hurling youths that flashed round the world more than a year ago did irreparable harm to the city's image.’
    • ‘We are doomed to choose, and every choice may entail an irreparable loss.’
    • ‘My personal fear is that untold irreparable damage will be done.’
    • ‘Two different judges in those three separate hearings have said no irreparable harm is being done.’
    • ‘Its appointment would do irreparable harm to the cause of the Chief Justice, those lawyers said.’
    • ‘He was a noble son of the earth and his death was an irreparable loss to mankind.’
    • ‘Last year's construction caused irreparable harm to some of the family farms there.’
    • ‘Murphy has pointed out that this implies enduring and irreparable harm, and that it may be narrower than the judicial elaborations on the old law.’
    • ‘Will the applicants suffer irreparable harm uncompensable by money damages if the relief sought is not granted?’
    • ‘But if the allegation was true and a bishop acted too slowly, irreparable damage may be caused to the victims.’
    • ‘Foot-and-mouth may have already caused irreparable archaeological loss.’
    • ‘Such interim measures may be taken in order to prevent serious and irreparable harm to any person, or general damage to the public interest.’
    • ‘R.J.R. MacDonald described permanent market loss as an example of irreparable harm.’
    • ‘The rest of the night I sit there, wondering if I've done something irreparable, lost something irretrievable.’
    • ‘Thirty years of civil war have done irreparable harm to Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘It would be an irreparable loss to science if they should get away.’
    • ‘Even before the oath of 1790 further irreparable losses had been sustained, not all of them material.’
    • ‘Mr Devereux said as well as a huge financial loss some of the damage was irreparable.’
    • ‘The whole nation mourned the irreparable loss as Nelson laid peacefully in his sarcophagus.’
    irreversible, irremediable, unrectifiable, irrevocable, irretrievable, irredeemable, unrestorable, irrecoverable, unrecoverable, unrepairable, beyond repair, past mending
    hopeless, past hope, beyond hope
    written off
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin irreparabilis, from in- not + reparabilis (see reparable).