Definitions

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

  • adj. Impossible to reclaim; being such that reclamation is precluded: irreclaimable wasteland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Incapable of being reclaimed; not reclaimable; unable to be restored or redeemed; as, an irreclaimable criminal; irreclaimable land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incapable of being reclaimed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not reclaimable; incapable of being reclaimed; that cannot be restored or redeemed: as, an irreclaimable criminal; irreclaimable land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. insusceptible of reform

Etymologies

ir- +‎ reclaimable (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Kid McCoy was supposed to be an irreclaimable tomboy, but in this crucial moment the eternal feminine came triumphantly to the fore.”

    Dear Pen Pal

  • Levity so unfeeling, and a spirit of extravagance so irreclaimable, were hopeless prognostics; yet Cecilia would not desist from her design.

    Cecilia

  • Who or what has worked him into an animosity so irreclaimable, I cannot conjecture, nor will he tell; but something darkly mysterious has part in his wrath and his injustice.

    Cecilia

  • This turnkey had given him to understand that he was lodged, like some few others in the jail, apart from the mass of prisoners; because he was not supposed to be utterly depraved and irreclaimable, and had never occupied apartments in that mansion before.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • The youth, however, had a wild and irreclaimable propensity to dissipation, which finally sent him to serve in the corps long maintained in the service of the States of Holland, and called the Scotch Dutch.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • The father remained the same — poorer, shabbier, and more dissolute – looking, but the same confirmed and irreclaimable drunkard.

    Sketches by Boz

  • And then how pitiful to think that he — with all his gifts — should be irreclaimable, after all.

    Hedda Gabler

  • This one consolation, however, remains: — He is not an infidel, and unbeliever: had he been an infidel, there would have been no room at all for hope of him; (but priding himself, as he does, in his fertile invention) he would have been utterly abandoned, irreclaimable, and a savage.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Many a less irreclaimable villain is transported; many a more honourable man is at present at the treadmill; and although we are the noblest, greatest, most religious, and most moral people in the world, I would still like to know where, except in the United Kingdom, debts are a matter of joke, and making tradesmen ‘suffer’ a sport that gentlemen own to?

    The Book of Snobs

  • Gripley, who seizes on all the newspapers; and that irreclaimable old bore Jawkins, who would come and dine at the next table to

    The History of Pendennis

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