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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Irrecoverabill, -able, a. Also: irrecuverable. [e.m.E. irrecoverable (1540). Common only in Bellenden.] a. That cannot be remedied or rectified; irremediable, irretrievable. b. That cannot be recovered from. — 1531 Bell. Boece I. 50.
The commonis war sa disparit for the irrecoverable skaithis done to thaim
Ib. II. 156.
Thy pre-eminent glore … sall dekey in irrecoverable dammage
Ib. 455.
The Scottis … come to irrecoverabill dissolatioun
Id. Livy II. 175/26.
Nane of the citeȝanis … suld persaue the secrete and irrecoverabil danger that was haistelie cummyn to the toun
1562-3 Winȝet II. 6/28.
The forcie and irrecouerable strake, quhilk he richt michtelie of doublis aganis al sawaris of discord
1640 Aberd. Council Lett. II. 260.
We stand in neid to have ane heir [= here] … for irrecuverable preiudices is plotting against us

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