Definition of recoverable in English:



  • 1(of something lost) able to be regained or retrieved.

    ‘even unreadable disks may contain information that is recoverable’
    • ‘Lost British gold in Spanish waters may now be recoverable with the use of deep-water robots.’
    • ‘As I understand it, the data has been recoverable in some cases, but that doesn't mean it always will.’
    • ‘I have one or two criticisms of this operating system, because errors of the kind that I made should be recoverable but are not.’
    • ‘They also say it is unlikely that any of the recoverable properties would generate him a significant fortune.’
    rectifiable, remediable, able to be put right, able to be set right, curable, restorable, retrievable, salvageable
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    1. 1.1 (of compensation or money spent or lost) able to be regained or secured by means of a legal process or subsequent profits.
      ‘damages are recoverable for breaches of the EC competition rules’
      • ‘Mortgage interest will be allowable against rental income and VAT is recoverable.’
      • ‘I'm excluding recoverable expenses, based on the assumption that the airplane will likely appreciate over time and that any principal payments made will be recoverable in the future.’
      • ‘But it is best to avoid making impulse donations because charities do better through planned giving - not least because tax is often recoverable.’
      • ‘The fines imposed are civil debts recoverable only by civil process, unlike the collection of criminal fines which is pursuant to statute and includes the court's coercive jurisdiction to imprison a defaulter.’
      • ‘The judge had held that VAT on rent was also recoverable.’
      • ‘Unless the answer is in the affirmative the assessment must stand and the rebate is recoverable.’
      • ‘He said that damages were not recoverable for breach of the minimum commitment clause.’
      • ‘The costs, as I found out to my surprise, are not recoverable in that situation.’
      • ‘In addition, the VAT will not be recoverable, and should be included in the amounts referred to above.’
      • ‘As a general rule, money paid under a mistake of fact is recoverable.’
      • ‘What if any part of the 90% success fee claimed is recoverable in this case?’
      • ‘Such a fee is recoverable by the mortgagee if a statement is requested by the mortgagor.’
      • ‘When someone dies their debts are only recoverable from their estate.’
      • ‘Any recoverable benefits paid to the victim of an accident, injury or disease in the relevant period are recoverable from the compensator.’
      • ‘These are costs which are not recoverable in terms of the prices we obtain.’
      • ‘If the gala is cancelled because of bad weather the committee now stands to lose money, and it's not recoverable.’
      • ‘I take the view that the moneys are not recoverable since, at the time of payment, the payer was not labouring under any mistake.’
      • ‘According to the building inspector's report, the injunction will cost taxpayers about $4,000 - only a portion of which is recoverable.’
      • ‘The bank admitted yesterday that most of the €789m losses incurred by the action of this rogue trader will not be recoverable.’
      • ‘The money could be recoverable from the officer who was responsible for not having filed the written statement despite passage of so much time.’
  • 2(of an energy source) able to be economically extracted from the ground or sea.

    ‘the target increase in recoverable oil and gas reserves’
    • ‘It is now being claimed that approximately 8 million tonnes of recoverable peat exist in the area, making the proposed development of a new power generating station viable.’
    • ‘In the UK alone it has been estimated that the recoverable wave energy resource exceeds total UK electricity demand.’
    • ‘The amount of gas available that is economically recoverable has been determined by an independent expert.’
    • ‘Sudan has two billion barrels of recoverable oil and currently produces 250,000 barrels a day.’
    • ‘It has just completed an assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources in five geologic basins in the Rocky Mountain region.’
    • ‘Experts have been saying that we have another 40 or so years of cheap recoverable crude oil left.’
    • ‘Analysts believe that close to one billion barrels are recoverable.’
    • ‘Schweitzer said 115 billion tons of that coal is recoverable.’
    • ‘Saudi Arabia has more than 261 billion barrels of proven oil reserves - more than a fourth of the world total - and perhaps a trillion barrels of potentially recoverable oil.’
    • ‘These hold an estimated 1.7 trillion barrels of petroleum, of which 255 billion barrels is currently considered recoverable.’
    • ‘ChevronTexaco last week revealed it had found up to 500 million barrels of recoverable crude 80 miles north-west of Shetland.’
    • ‘We could set vehicle mileage standards for SUVs and light trucks at 40 miles per gallon and save eight times as much oil as is economically recoverable from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.’
    • ‘There's plenty of oil in the ground that's recoverable at low cost.’
    • ‘The estimates of the total initial recoverable reserves are now as high as 345 million tonnes (allowing for appreciation).’
    • ‘Nearly half of the world's economically recoverable oil reserves have already been extracted and around 50 countries have passed their point of peak oil output.’
    • ‘Using the price as a basis for economically recoverable reserves, some oil companies developed a price-reserves relationship that incorrectly led to increased estimates of oil reserves.’
    • ‘Sudan has an estimated two billion barrels of recoverable oil, and is currently producing around 250,000 barrels per day in an industry worth around $2 billion per annum.’
    • ‘And this time, the U.S. is finally beginning to run out of domestic oil and easily recoverable natural gas.’
    • ‘Equally uncertain is the amount of recoverable oil and gas.’
    • ‘With improving technology the recoverable reserves could be even greater.’