Definitions

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

  • adj. Impossible to retract or revoke: an irrevocable decision.

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  • adj. Unable to be retracted or reversed. Final.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incapable of being recalled or revoked; unchangeable; irreversible; unalterable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not revocable; not to be revoked or recalled; that cannot be repealed or annulled: as, an irrevocable decree.

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

  • adj. incapable of being retracted or revoked

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Examples

  • "The word 'irrevocable' doesn't always resonate until they suddenly want the money," she said.

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  • A long-time favorite has been the grantor retained annuity trust or GRAT, which involves putting appreciating assets into a short-term irrevocable trust two years is typical and retaining the right to receive an annual income stream for the term of the trust.

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  • The Web is already jam-packed with media retailers, from Amazon to eBay, and elements of that business, like CD sales, appear to be in irrevocable decline.

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  • He noted her expression irrevocable in its decision of silence.

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  • A GRAT involves putting appreciating assets into a short-term irrevocable trust two years is typical and retaining the right to receive an annual income stream for the term of the trust.

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  • First, DROP was "irrevocable" - get the money, retire.

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  • The bank's commitment is usually irrevocable (the L/C should contain this word: "irrevocable" - although it is irrevocable even by default).

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  • I will do Mrs. Smithers the justice to say, I believe she does not know the extent of her brother-in-law's vileness; and that what she considers his little weaknesses, will be effectually rectified by a union with our Eleanor; but I don't like to see the poor girl sacrificed, and have a good mind to save her (if she would take me) by proposing to her myself; though I believe she thinks her word irrevocable, and will submit to Bob's claim as the fulfilment of a duty.

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  • Then there's a reference to Jews and his use of that phrase irrevocable, very important.

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  • Her sex, her youth, and the whole richness of her beauty, came back from what men call the irrevocable past, and clustered themselves with her maiden hope, and a happiness before unknown, within the magic circle of this hour.

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