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irreversible

1. Chem Physics capable of changing or producing a change in one direction only
2. Thermodynamics (of a change, process, etc.) occurring through a number of intermediate states that are not all in thermodynamic equilibrium
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The objection on behalf of Ellandi LLP said: "The proposed development has the potential to significantly and irreversibly undermine the vitality and viability of Blaydon District Centre.
The objection on behalf of Ellandi LLP said: "Ellandi is strongly opposed to the proposed development as it has the potential to significantly and irreversibly undermine the vitality and viability of Blaydon District Centre.
The war on cannabis is irreversibly lost" Lord (William) Hague calls for a relaxation of the law on cannabis.
The war on cannabis is irreversibly lost" - Lord (William) Hague, former Tory leader, calling for a relaxation of the law on cannabis.
Britain said on Tuesday it had no intention of legalising cannabis after a former leader of Prime Minister Theresa May's party said the government had "irreversibly lost" the battle to drive the drug off the streets.
THE tide in favour of public ownership of the railways has turned "irreversibly" and it is only a matter of time before privatisation is "swept away", according to a union leader.
The United States will not reward North Korea before the regime "permanently, irreversibly" dismantles its nuclear weapons program, the nominee to be the top U.S.
The shadow chancellor's comments came as he outlined an agenda to put public services "irreversibly in the hands of workers" so they can "never again be taken away".
The EAP program is designed to help patients gain more timely access to medical devices that may provide more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions, for which no approved or cleared alternatives exist.
However, years of heavy pollution has left parts of the river irreversibly toxic.
RAWALPINDI -- Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says operation Zarb-e-Azb had irreversibly eradicated terrorist networks from Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

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