Definition of irretrievable in US English:

irretrievable

adjective

  • Not able to be retrieved or put right.

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

irretrievable

/ˌi(r)rəˈtrēvəb(ə)l//ˌɪ(r)rəˈtrivəb(ə)l/