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

  • adj. Archaic Affording no possibility of return.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Admitting no return.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Admitting no return.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not admitting of return; not retraceable.


Latin irremeābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + remeāre, to return (re-, re- + meāre, to go; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin irremeabilis; prefix ir- not + remeabilis returning, from remeare: compare French irréméable. See remeant. (Wiktionary)



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  • "My wealth, my rank, my irremeable love for you, I throw them at your feet," Lord George cried piteously.
    —Max Beerbohm, The Happy Hypocrite, 1897

    ("admitting of no return", < Latin re-mea- "return" < mea- "go, pass", as also in 'permeable')

    December 31, 2008