Definition of irreconcilable in English:

irreconcilable

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘Three people pursue with integrity their different and irreconcilable ideas of the good life, leading to unavoidable disaster.’
    • ‘She took those seemingly irreconcilable ideas and brought them together under a universal experience: rebellion.’
    • ‘Mr Justice Langley said the case had involved ‘conflicting and irreconcilable accounts of events’ decisive of the issues he had to decide.’
    • ‘These are truly irreconcilable views, and how this is resolved will have major ramifications.’
    • ‘The notion is irreconcilable to basic skeptic tenets.’
    • ‘That is where the problems start, with Tony Blair trying to find an illusory third way between two irreconcilable opinions.’
    • ‘As idealizations, they appear to be predicated on normative but contradictory and ultimately irreconcilable understandings of excellence.’
    • ‘This task involves the communication of at least two potentially contradictory, irreconcilable experiences for the director: the reader's and the writer's.’
    • ‘The court then on that material finds that he was not after all incapacitated and you have irreconcilable judgments of the court.’
    • ‘So you can see I consider things and relations to be fundamentally different and irreconcilable.’
    • ‘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 Democrats are caught in irreconcilable contradictions when they attempt to posture as critics of the war.’
    • ‘On both sides of this divide reign fundamentally different, perhaps irreconcilable visions of man.’
    • ‘The claimant and the objectors proceeded before the inspector upon the common ground that the terms of the map and the statement were irreconcilable.’
    • ‘Of course, it may be foolish to assume that the two references to peace present an irreconcilable contradiction.’
    • ‘The actual market wage results from economic forces that turn these seemingly irreconcilable demands into a cooperative contract that benefits everyone.’
    • ‘Advertisers thus present two conflicting and irreconcilable claims about themselves.’
    • ‘Submission and retreat are two different actions, possibly irreconcilable.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘To us, all our different visions are 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.
      • ‘She is the natural ally of tyrants and the irreconcilable enemy of freedom.’
      • ‘Principals and unionized teachers are not irreconcilable enemies.’
      • ‘But in the realm of public debate, science and religion frequently seemed like irreconcilable enemies.’
      • ‘In the map of memory, a legacy of the Bible to western civilization, Israel and Egypt are 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.’
      implacable, unappeasable, uncompromising, inexorable, intransigent, inflexible, remorseless, relentless, unrelenting, hard-line
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noun

usually irreconcilables
  • Any of two or more ideas, facts, or statements that cannot be made compatible.

    • ‘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 art of successful mainstream journalism is the art of reconciling these two irreconcilables without admitting the lie to conscious awareness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man or woman does not exist who can unite the irreconcilables now trapped in this dying movement and lead it to victory.’

Pronunciation

irreconcilable

/ɪ(r)ˌrɛkənˈsaɪləb(ə)l//i(r)ˌrekənˈsīləb(ə)l/