[ir-i-tree-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈtri və bəl/

not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable.
not able to be retrieved, recovered, or repaired

1690s (implied in irretrievably), from assimilated form of in- (1) “not, opposite of” + retrievable (see retrieve). Related: Irretrievably.


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