Definition of irrevocable in English:



  • Not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final.

    ‘an irrevocable step’
    • ‘The French company receives irrevocable commitments from over 50 per cent of shareholders.’
    • ‘That's sport, and it has its own internal and irrevocable logic.’
    • ‘There is little in their emerging policy platform which I agree with, and there is an irrevocable divide between us on the issue of Europe.’
    • ‘And thus the final bond is achieved, an irrevocable connection that can never be broken.’
    • ‘Multiple factors have contributed to this seemingly irrevocable reversal of fortunes.’
    • ‘You made your choice, and - as I assumed when I left home at the age of twenty - it was irrevocable.’
    • ‘Debate raged around the dinner tables of the nation, causing irrevocable family feuds and superficial cutlery wounds.’
    • ‘Obviously, the existing damage, sustained over the past half century, is irrevocable but so much could be done to halt the decline and save what is left.’
    • ‘It crosses the night sky like the moon; or else, like an actor, it crosses the stage, moving in an irrevocable pattern from origin to end.’
    • ‘They are spending a fortune preparing for this irrevocable step.’
    • ‘What later makes them binding, and therefore irrevocable, is the promisee's detrimental reliance on them.’
    • ‘Take time to be clear and total before taking irrevocable decisions.’
    • ‘But he ‘stepped back from the brink of radical or irrevocable acts against members of his ruling circle’.’
    • ‘Delicate ecosystems worldwide are threatened with irrevocable decline beneath the massed boots of latter-day pilgrims.’
    • ‘I have an aversion to displacement, scars, irrevocable changes in a familiar landscape.’
    • ‘The resulting quarrel leads to an irrevocable separation.’
    • ‘Citizenship should be available after five years and be irrevocable.’
    • ‘Violence by contrast represented an irrevocable gesture and was transformative.’
    • ‘It is an irrevocable change that needs to be accepted.’
    • ‘It covers harm which will be suffered by a permanent market loss or irrevocable damage to the applicant's business reputation.’
    irreversible, unrectifiable, irremediable, irreparable, unrepairable, beyond repair
    unalterable, unchangeable, immutable, final, binding, absolute, permanent, lasting
    peremptory, unappealable
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin irrevocabilis, from in- not + revocabilis able to be revoked (from the verb revocare).