Definition of unrecoverable in US English:



  • Not able to be recovered or corrected.

    • ‘The unfortunate aspect of this is that it is not clear if a file is unrecoverable until recovery is attempted, and at that point it's too late to do anything about it if it can't be recovered.’
    • ‘This week, as his wife was anticipating contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, he sent her stock plummeting to an unrecoverable low.’
    • ‘The sight of the 757 diving in at an unrecoverable angle is frozen in my memory, but at the time, I did not immediately comprehend what I was witnessing.’
    • ‘If you provide huge tax breaks for private care, even if you call it a ‘patients passport’, you are giving free money to those who have private care already, a massive and unrecoverable deadweight cost.’
    • ‘In her book, ‘The Sappho Companion’, Margaret Reynolds says there's something strange, remote and ultimately unrecoverable about Sappho's writing.’
    • ‘Use a ‘wipe’ utility program to overwrite the entire hard drive. It makes the files unrecoverable.’
    • ‘The flight recorders on the ill-fated planes, which are encased in titanium specifically to withstand catastrophic crashes, are apparently unrecoverable in this case, such was the enormity of the impact.’
    • ‘It is laudable that companies are already making redundant equipment available for re-use but in the overwhelming majority of cases, they are not rendering the data on hard drives unrecoverable.’
    • ‘Within weeks of the law's passage, banks saw a flood of loans once deemed unrecoverable being repaid in double time.’
    • ‘Are Democrats writing off these small towns as unrecoverable Republican territory, where isolation seals their conservatism?’
    • ‘Talking about the film, Cronenberg has referred to Nabokov's theory of memory and art as attempts to recover the unrecoverable.’
    • ‘Contingencies such as unrecoverable medical or dental expenses, hospital expenses and loss of wages are also provided for.’
    • ‘The council has run up huge and unrecoverable debts.’
    • ‘In the first case the contents of the file are truly unrecoverable unless you can guess the password.’
    • ‘Ground water - millions of years old - in the Mereenie basin is dropping to unrecoverable levels.’
    • ‘The term employed for such a swift, unrecoverable catastrophe at sea is ‘sudden calamity’ but that masks the horrible reality that would have confronted the crew in their last few minutes alive.’
    • ‘It's now virtually impossible to sue a doctor if the damage is worth less than $50,000, because legal costs would be unrecoverable.’
    • ‘Instead, they simply delete all of the files they can find, and then once again use an antiforensics program like Privacy Suite to find the files that might have been forgotten and to make all of the deleted files unrecoverable.’
    • ‘The reactor is already one-third completed; some $2 billion, probably unrecoverable, has already been spent.’
    • ‘The bank also managed to recover loans that were deemed unrecoverable through a call-back system in which clients were visited by bank employees.’
    irreversible, unrectifiable, irremediable, irrevocable, irredeemable, irrecoverable, irreparable, unrepairable, beyond repair
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