Definition of irretrievable in English:



  • Not able to be retrieved or put right.

    ‘the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage’
    • ‘We want them to know their situation is not irretrievable.’
    • ‘The rest of the night I sit there, wondering if I've done something irreparable, lost something irretrievable.’
    • ‘But fault was still a feature in many divorce cases, since irretrievable breakdown had to be shown in one of five ways.’
    • ‘The half hour delay produces a data loss window during which time email can be truly lost and irretrievable.’
    • ‘But I think I've crossed some sort of irretrievable line here.’
    • ‘Two allegations effected an irretrievable breakdown between Toulouse and the University.’
    • ‘‘Whatever might have been of interest to anybody is gone and irretrievable,’ he said.’
    • ‘With someone of that age, the sense of smell is not irretrievable and there are different ways to successfully solve the problem, including hypnotherapy.’
    • ‘‘I know what I did was disgusting, and brought irretrievable damage to the victims and their families,’ Chen said.’
    • ‘A wrong move by the sailor, an over correction on helm or sheet, a sudden drop or shift in the wind will cause an immediate and irretrievable capsize.’
    • ‘But with 11 minutes to play, Liverpool's advantage became irretrievable.’
    • ‘‘How about settling for irretrievable breakdown,’ she proposes.’
    • ‘All that we can salvage in the present is the memory, like Gretta's, of moments or events that are inevitably irretrievable.’
    • ‘The Task Force report also notes that 1 in 200 may experience irretrievable memory loss.’
    • ‘The sole ground for divorce is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.’
    • ‘Yet no one sees the situation as irretrievable.’
    • ‘They punch so limply as an attacking force, though, that falling behind to superior opposition leaves them chasing an irretrievable cause.’
    • ‘Any carelessness or negligence will bring disaster to our future generations and cause irretrievable losses’.’
    • ‘Frankly, we can't allow it to be irretrievable because the consequences of failure are too dark to imagine.’
    • ‘A couple are legally entitled to divorce after two years when there is an irretrievable breakdown - but only if both parties agree in writing.’
    irreversible, unrectifiable, irremediable, irrevocable, irredeemable, irrecoverable, unrecoverable, irreparable, unrepairable, beyond repair
    irreclaimable, lost, lost and gone, gone forever, hopeless, past hope, beyond hope
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