Definitions

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

  • adj. Difficult or impossible to retrieve or recover: Once the ring fell down the drain, it was irretrievable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable; as, an irretrievable loss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable: as, an irretrievable loss.
  • Synonyms See list under irremediable.

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

  • adj. impossible to recover or recoup or overcome

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Examples

  • Cheles has discerned a valuable link between the phrase "virtutibus itur ad astra," represented at Urbino, and the opened manuscript of Virgil's Aeneid, displayed on the lectern in the Gubbio studiolo. 156 The page shown at Gubbio contains the following passage: "Each has his day appointed; short and irretrievable is the span of life to all: but to lengthen fame by deeds — that is valour's task."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • They responded to environmental change and either adapted to the arrival of pastoralists or selectively adopted herding practices. 1 Specific histories of these communities remain irretrievable, but the general contours of settlement are clear.

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • It is true that most cases can be solved through negotiations but sometimes the marriage is broken in law terms irretrievable break down of marriage.

    Collaborative Family Law v. The Hartshornes : Law is Cool

  • Each felt that there would be something scorching in the words that would recall the irretrievable wrong.

    IV. Maggie and Lucy. Book VII—The Final Rescue

  • Already as early as October 7, 1833, he fears that his health is "irretrievable;" he gets but five hours a night of

    John Quincy Adams American Statesmen Series

  • With up to a dozen Parliament Parliament members now fighting for their political lives, a senior ccabinet minister said some were clearly "irretrievable".

    Free Internet Press

  • It follows an "irretrievable" rift between Allen and his co-owners, who he has accused of operating an "old boys 'club" which is letting down the club and its supporters.

    News round-up

  • Words and thoughts of a writer do not just spin out into the ether and become irretrievable, or worse, cease to exist.

    Knowing when to let things go « Write Anything

  • But I would STRONGLY suggest that you check with the local (to the property in question) immigration authorities before you plop down any irretrievable cash based on the information you have received from us.

    Getting a 6 Month Tourist Permit for the Car

  • Currently, the communications industry is actively participating in the "irretrievable mutilation" of the planet by aggressively promoting a lethal addiction -- obsessive consumerism.

    Duane Elgin: The Last Taboo on Television

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