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See also: irrévocable



From Middle French, from Old French, from Latin irrevocabilis; equivalent to ir- +‎ revoke +‎ -able.



irrevocable (not comparable)

  1. Unable to be retracted or reversed; final.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It act 1, scene 3:
      Firm and irrevocable is my doom
      Which I have pass'd upon her; she is banish'd.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      I have talked thus to you, child, not to insult you for what is past and irrevocable, but to caution and strengthen you for the future.
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, chapter 61:
      On each face, wonder and fear were painted vividly; each so still and silent, looking at the other over the black gulf of the irrevocable past.
    • 2005 April 28, Samuel Abt, "Cycling: Cipo retires. Definitely. Absolutely. Yes. Probably," New York Times (retrieved 27 April 2014):
      Once again, Mario Cipollini has announced his definite, absolute, unswerving and irrevocable decision to retire, and this time he means it. Probably.




irrevocable (plural irrevocables)

  1. irrevocable