Definition of irreconcilable in English:



  • 1(of ideas, facts, or statements) representing findings or points of view that are so different from each other that they cannot be made compatible.

    ‘these two views of the early medieval economy are irreconcilable’
    • ‘Mr Justice Langley said the case had involved ‘conflicting and irreconcilable accounts of events’ decisive of the issues he had to decide.’
    • ‘As idealizations, they appear to be predicated on normative but contradictory and ultimately irreconcilable understandings of excellence.’
    • ‘That is where the problems start, with Tony Blair trying to find an illusory third way between two irreconcilable opinions.’
    • ‘The Democrats are caught in irreconcilable contradictions when they attempt to posture as critics of the war.’
    • ‘She took those seemingly irreconcilable ideas and brought them together under a universal experience: rebellion.’
    • ‘At the time Muggeridge declared that he ‘saw life as an eternal battle between two irreconcilable opposites, the world of the flesh and the world of the spirit’.’
    • ‘The court then on that material finds that he was not after all incapacitated and you have irreconcilable judgments of the court.’
    • ‘Three people pursue with integrity their different and irreconcilable ideas of the good life, leading to unavoidable disaster.’
    • ‘Advertisers thus present two conflicting and irreconcilable claims about themselves.’
    • ‘Of course, it may be foolish to assume that the two references to peace present an irreconcilable contradiction.’
    • ‘On both sides of this divide reign fundamentally different, perhaps irreconcilable visions of man.’
    • ‘The actual market wage results from economic forces that turn these seemingly irreconcilable demands into a cooperative contract that benefits everyone.’
    • ‘There are still many questions on which the Democratic and Republican parties have fundamentally different outlooks and represent distinct and irreconcilable interpretations of the world.’
    • ‘The claimant and the objectors proceeded before the inspector upon the common ground that the terms of the map and the statement were irreconcilable.’
    • ‘These are truly irreconcilable views, and how this is resolved will have major ramifications.’
    • ‘Submission and retreat are two different actions, possibly irreconcilable.’
    • ‘This task involves the communication of at least two potentially contradictory, irreconcilable experiences for the director: the reader's and the writer's.’
    • ‘The notion is irreconcilable to basic skeptic tenets.’
    • ‘To us, all our different visions are irreconcilable.’
    • ‘So you can see I consider things and relations to be fundamentally different and irreconcilable.’
    incompatible, at odds, at variance, incongruous, conflicting, clashing, discordant, antagonistic, mutually exclusive
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    1. 1.1(of people) implacably hostile to each other.
      • ‘Principals and unionized teachers are not irreconcilable enemies.’
      • ‘Yet despite this humiliation the senior magistrates remained in place, prime among them the first president, d' Aligre, by now Calonne's irreconcilable enemy.’
      • ‘She is the natural ally of tyrants and the irreconcilable enemy of freedom.’
      • ‘In the map of memory, a legacy of the Bible to western civilization, Israel and Egypt are irreconcilable enemies.’
      • ‘But in the realm of public debate, science and religion frequently seemed like irreconcilable enemies.’
      implacable, unappeasable, uncompromising, inexorable, intransigent, inflexible, remorseless, relentless, unrelenting, hard-line
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  • Any of two or more ideas, facts, or statements that cannot be made compatible.

    • ‘The man or woman does not exist who can unite the irreconcilables now trapped in this dying movement and lead it to victory.’
    • ‘The art of successful mainstream journalism is the art of reconciling these two irreconcilables without admitting the lie to conscious awareness.’
    • ‘This, ultimately, is a play about existential resemblances and contrasts, kinships and irreconcilables, uncomfortable truths and futile lies that underlie delicate relationships and unbridgeable chasms.’
    • ‘The demon too is an object of worship - a tribute to the principle of devotion manifest as enmity, and a characteristically Indian paradigm seeking to reconcile irreconcilables.’
    • ‘Somehow, such a rationale seems to me like an anodyne offered to those who seek an existence of painless acceptance rather than an endless quest to reconcile seeming irreconcilables.’