Irreversibility



[ir-i-vur-suh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈvɜr sə bəl/

adjective
1.
not ; incapable of being changed:
His refusal is irreversible.
/ˌɪrɪˈvɜːsəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be reversed: the irreversible flow of time
2.
not able to be revoked or repealed; irrevocable
3.
(chem, physics) capable of changing or producing a change in one direction only: an irreversible reaction
4.
(thermodynamics) (of a change, process, etc) occurring through a number of intermediate states that are not all in thermodynamic equilibrium
adj.

1620s, from assimilated form of in- (1) “not, opposite of” + reversible. Related: Irreversibly.

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