Definitions

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

  • adj. Impossible to repeal: irrepealable laws.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That cannot be repealed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not repealable; not capable of being repealed or revoked, as a law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not repealable; incapable of being repealed or annulled.

Etymologies

ir- +‎ repealable (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Political economy, by showing that population outstrips the means of improvement, passes an irrepealable sentence of ignorance and degradation on the laborer.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • Such was his meaning when he declared that the condition of the territories was fixed by an 'irrepealable law,' needing no irritating legislation to assure their freedom.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • When before was it imagined by sensible men that a regulative or declarative statute, whether enacted ten or forty years ago, is irrepealable; that an act of Congress is above the Constitution?

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • Activity and achievement came with creation, and constitute an inflexible, irrepealable law of the universe.

    The Jericho Road

  • 'But the Senator from Kentucky asks us of the North by irrepealable constitutional amendments to recognize and protect slavery in the

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 1, July, 1862

  • Page view page image: an act once approved by the King irrepealable except with his consent.

    History of Virginia

  • This act being approved by the governor went immediately into effect in Virginia, and was one of the fifty-seven acts which received the royal approval in England and became, according to the usual form of instructions to the governors, as already explained, irrepealable except by an act of equal dignity, that is, one having also the royal approval.

    History of Virginia

  • Yet even if they were, what is to be said of that other not uncommon incident of legislative history, the legislative "strike," whereby corporations not protected by irrepealable charters are blandly confronted with the alternative of having their franchises mutilated or of paying handsomely for their immunity?

    John Marshall and the Constitution; a chronicle of the Supreme court

  • Perhaps, however, it will be argued that the real mischief of the decision has consisted in its effect upon the state Legislatures themselves, the idea being that large business interests, when offered the opportunity of obtaining irrepealable charters, have frequently found it worth their while to assail frail legislative virtue with irresistible temptation.

    John Marshall and the Constitution; a chronicle of the Supreme court

  • Mary looked at the army of women celibates in offices and in stores and in their apartments and in their boarding houses, women celibates five and ten and fifteen and twenty years into the period when nature has by irrepealable edict ordained love.

    The Women of Tomorrow

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