Definition of irreversible in English:



  • Not able to be undone or altered:

    ‘she suffered irreversible damage to her health’
    • ‘I've forgotten about that wooden frame and only narrowly miss causing irreversible damage to my vertebrae.’
    • ‘It seems that most sheep producers think as I do that the scheme is not only economically unattractive but also irreversible.’
    • ‘His efforts need to be given momentum that is as irreversible as the economic reforms sweeping the country.’
    • ‘Here physical time is understood as a stream of irreversible change that runs through physical space.’
    • ‘The main aim of burns resuscitation is to increase tissue perfusion here and prevent any damage becoming irreversible.’
    • ‘Its repeal is a matter of urgency before irreversible damage is done to the energy market, the economy as a whole and to democracy itself.’
    • ‘And though it looks attractive, it causes irreversible liver damage to horses and cattle which eat it.’
    • ‘Although the plant has been mothballed, the damage done to Anjanwel is irreversible.’
    • ‘Speaking in Washington on the eve of an EU-US summit, Mr Prodi said the decision was momentous and irreversible.’
    • ‘The eye condition is irreversible and the study discovered that smoking was responsible for one in-five cases.’
    • ‘McKee explains that the swing must be at a maximum charge that's absolute and irreversible.’
    • ‘Since the surgery is irreversible, the patients will experience less pain while resting.’
    • ‘The future effects are unknown, but drug experts fear they may include irreversible brain damage or mental illness.’
    • ‘Do you think that our tourism industry is in permanent and irreversible decline, or do you think we will soon see the situation improve?’
    • ‘Altering soil condition can be done in a short period of time, but please note that this is an irreversible process.’
    • ‘If they become convinced they are wasting both time and resources, a pull-out will be swift and irreversible.’
    • ‘So the business people tend to take the short cut and thereby force the newspaper down an irreversible path.’
    • ‘A marriage before God is a sacrosanct thing, an act of union in the eyes of God, irreversible and permanent.’
    • ‘They seem to envisage an irreversible downward spiral leading to the depopulation of Australia.’
    • ‘All those empires were unsalvageable due to their infuriatingly irreversible histories.’
    irreparable, unrepairable, beyond repair, unrectifiable, irremediable, irrevocable
    permanent, lasting, enduring, abiding
    unalterable, unchangeable, invariable, immutable, final, binding, absolute, categorical
    peremptory, unappealable
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