Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That cannot be bought back or paid off: an irredeemable annuity.
  • adj. Not convertible into coin.
  • adj. Impossible to remedy: irredeemable losses.
  • adj. Impossible to redeem or reform: an irredeemable evil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not redeemable; unredeemable; not able to be restored, recovered, revoked, or escaped.
  • adj. Not able to be cancelled by a payment or converted to another form of currency or financial instrument, especially one considered more secure or reliable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not redeemable; that can not be redeemed; not payable in gold or silver, as a bond; -- used especially of such government notes, issued as currency, as are not convertible into coin at the pleasure of the holder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not redeemable; that cannot or need not be redeemed or made good by payment or restitution; not to be restored or escaped: as, irredeemable paper money; an irredeemable loss; irredeemable slavery.
  • Beyond the power of redemption; irreclaimable: as, irredeemable criminals or crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of paper money) not convertible into coin at the pleasure of the holder
  • adj. insusceptible of reform

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Examples

  • Only those Tobo identified as irredeemable creatures of the Protector faced the Company justice.

    Soldiers Live

  • Having done my own share of drifting over the years, I am wary of the notion of irredeemable errors.

    The Other McCain

  • From what has been said, it follows that the death penalty as a punishment even for the worst crimes is morally untenable; for either the culprit is really irredeemable, that is to say, he is an irresponsible moral idiot, in which case an asylum for the insane is the proper place for him; or he is not irredeemable, in which case the chance of reformation should not be taken from him by cutting off his life.

    The Essentials of Spirituality

  • Right, Left or wrong, Ebert never got that kind of irredeemable allergic reaction to his pans of popular movies.

    Phil Bronstein: High School Cinco de Mayo T-Shirt Debate Raises Interesting Questions

  • An article on the Register has some info detailing how the windows messaging API has no authentication or verification for messages sent between programs for repainting, etc, which could cause a serious and "irredeemable" problems.

    UFies.org: Microsoft Archives

  • It really takes a special kind of irredeemable pigheadedness to read about American marathon runner Meb Keflezighi's victory in the New York City marathon and ... var news_amount = 1;

    Henry Blodget: CNBC Reporter Says NYC Marathon Winner Is Only "Technically" an American

  • It really takes a special kind of irredeemable pigheadedness to read about American marathon runner Meb Keflezighi's victory in the New York City marathon and ...

    Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories

  • An article on the Register has some info detailing how the windows messaging API has no authentication or verification for messages sent between programs (for repainting, etc), which could cause a serious and "irredeemable" problems.

    Windows API Broken? - UFies.org

  • They need to be forced to confront the paradox of elevating Baby P to the status of the angels on the one hand, and society’s collective appetite for locking up so-called irredeemable children from similar backgrounds on the other.

    Baby P might have become a “feral, parasitic yob”

  • Astiz also confided in Maria Alicia Milia that the death flights were used to ease overcrowding at the infamous Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA) barracks and were reserved for the estimated 20\% of the suspected leftist opponents of the regime deemed "irredeemable".

    Gates of Vienna

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