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retrieval

noun
     
Related topics: Computers
re‧triev‧al [uncountable]
1TD technicalTD the process of getting back information stored on a computer system:
a new system that should speed up information retrieval
2 the act of getting back something you have lost or left somewhere
3

be beyond/past retrieval

if a situation is beyond retrieval, it has become so bad that it cannot be made right again

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