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irrevocable

Definition:

incapable of being retracted or revoked

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

irrevocably

Comparative:

more irrevocable

Superlative:

most irrevocable

Similar to:

sealed

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

"firm and irrevocable is my doom" - Shakespeare

Synonyms:

irrevokable

Etymology:

also irrevokable, from Latin irrevocabilis "that cannot be recalled", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

irrevocable | unalterable [synonym] | irrevocability [derived] | irrevocableness [noun, derived]

not able to be revoked, changed, or undone; unalterable (9 of 420 words, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/irrevocable

Merriam-Webster:

irrevocable | unalterable [synonym] | irrevocability [noun, related] | irrevocableness [noun, related] | irrevocably [adverb, related]

not possible to revoke; "unalterable" (5 of 63 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/irrevocable

Oxford Dictionary:

irrevocable | final [synonym] | irrevocability [derived] | irrevocably [derived]

not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final (9 of 62 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/irrevocable

Macmillan British Dictionary:

irrevocable [formal] | irrevocably [adverb, related]

impossible to change or stop (5 of 48 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/irrevocable

Cambridge Dictionary:

irrevocable | irrevocably [adverb, derived]

impossible to change (3 of 28 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/irrevocable

New World Dictionary:

irrevocable | irrevocability [related] | irrevocably [adverb, related]

that cannot be revoked, recalled, or undone; unalterable (8 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/irrevocable

Random House Dictionary:

irrevocable

not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable. (13 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/irrevocable

Wiktionary:

irrevocable | irrevokable

Unable to be retracted or reversed. Final. (7 of 21 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/irrevocable

American Heritage Dictionary:

irrevocable | irrevocability [noun, related] | irrevocableness [noun, related] | irrevocably [adverb, related]

Impossible to retract or revoke (5 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/irrevocable

Encarta Dictionary:

irrevocable

impossible to revoke, undo, or change (6 of 48 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622507​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

irrevocable

First use: late 14th century

Origin: also irrevokable, from Latin irrevocabilis "that cannot be recalled", from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see "in-" (1)) + revocabilis.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=irrevocable

Oxford Dictionary:

irrevocable

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin irrevocabilis, from in- "not" + revocabilis "able to be revoked" (from the verb revocare)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/irrevocable

Merriam-Webster:

irrevocable

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin irrevocabilis, from in- + revocabilis revocable

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/irrevocable

New World Dictionary:

irrevocable

Origin: Middle English from Middle French irrévocable from Latin irrevocabilis

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/irrevocable

Encarta Dictionary:

irrevocable

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin irrevocabilis "that cannot be recalled" from revocare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622507​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

irrevocable

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "irrevocable"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/irrevocable

Macmillan British Dictionary:

irrevocable [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "irrevocable"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/irrevocable

Macmillan American Dictionary:

irrevocable [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "irrevocable"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/irrevocable

Cambridge Dictionary:

irrevocable

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "irrevocable"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "irrevocable"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/irrevocable

the Free Dictionary:

irrevocable

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "irrevocable"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "irrevocable"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "irrevocable" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/irrevocable

Irrevokable

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Irrevokable"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Irrevokable"

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Google Dictionary:

irrevocable

Audio: English pronunciation of "irrevocable"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

irrevocable

Audio: North American pronunciation of "irrevocable"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=irrevo​01 word=irrevocable

irrevocable

Audio: North American pronunciation of "irrevocable"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=irrevo​02 word=irrevocable

YourDictionary Audio:

irrevocable

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "irrevocable" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/irrevocable

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