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

  • adj. Impossible to recover; irreparable: irrecoverable losses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not recoverable or admitting of recovery; incapable of being recovered: as, an irrecoverable debt.
  • adj. That cannot be recovered from or made good; irremediable; as an irrecoverable disease; irrecoverable danger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not capable of being recovered, regained, or remedied; irreparable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not recoverable or admitting of recovery; incapable of being recovered: as, an irrecoverable debt.
  • That cannot be recovered from or made good; irremediable: as, an irrecoverable disease; irrecoverable danger.

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

  • adj. incapable of being recovered or regained


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • *** Travel TUI Travel, Europe's largest travel operator, said Chief Financial Officer Paul Bowtell had resigned after an accounting error forced the company to write off another £ 88 million ($139.4 million) in "irrecoverable balances" and restate its earnings for fiscal 2009.

    Business Watch

  • Another important form of classification emerged in 1896 with Emil Kraepelins model of dementia praecox, first used by Morel in 1860 and described as irrecoverable cortical brain disease producing a particular kind of mental enfeeblement in the young.


  • ANN REALTIME UPDATE 03.19.09 1710 EDT: Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver has confirmed to ANN that a BRS parachute deployment was used today to recover the sole-remaining flying Cessna SkyCatcher after an as-yet undefined flight test criteria resulted in an "irrecoverable" flight condition.

    Aero-News Network

  • He added that this was the year for "a political showdown to rescue Japan from falling into an irrecoverable crisis."

    Japan Opposition Renews Calls for an Election Ahead of Consumption-Tax Debate

  • Read it again, lingering this time on "just one more try" and "another irrecoverable day slips by."

    Review of The Best of It by Kay Ryan

  • Hammond will say he will not allow the MoD to remove critical skills and capabilities that are irrecoverable … we will not carelessly throw away core competencies that may be essential to our defence in the future.

    Defence secretary to warn armed forces of more pain in coming years

  • Sometimes we believe we've uncovered some lost, almost irrecoverable moment and think it to be the moment that determined—or destroyed—our lives.

    A Hungarian Novelist's Literature of Fidelity

  • Tui said that following a £29m write-off at the time of its third quarter results in August, an ongoing audit had uncovered a further £88m of irrecoverable balances.

    Tui Travel finance chief to quit after accounts glitch

  • Above all, when it comes to workplace equality, motherhood remains the defining barrier: from City high flyer to the school dinner lady, having children knocks a hole in women's earning capacity that is irrecoverable, as research from the Resolution Foundation published this week confirms, yet again – and of course it is a much bigger a hole for women in the low- to middle-income sector than for higher-income women.

    Women at work: edging towards equality| Editorial

  • Most VAT problems hitting the courts in the past have related to agents' fees, where clubs pay fees (and VAT) to agents not actually contracted to them, thus rendering (per HMRC) the VAT irrecoverable and fee non-deductible for CT purposes.

    Transfer window deadline day 2012 – as it happened


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