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[ir-i-pres-uh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈprɛs ə bəl/
incapable of being repressed or restrained; uncontrollable:
irrepressible laughter.
1805-15; ir-2 + repressible
Related forms
irrepressibility, irrepressibleness, noun
irrepressibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples for irrepressible
  • Her irrepressible optimism, sense of humor and vivacious personality have served her well in personal and professional life.
  • Yet the temptation to equate essayists with their essayistic selves is seemingly irrepressible.
  • All that said, no forecaster has yet benefited from predicting the irrepressible media tycoon's demise.
  • Everything else at this simple eight-room eco-retreat and bunkhouse follows in irrepressible green style.
  • Four irrepressible friends head out to sea in the latest installment in a first-reader series that has no equal.
  • Burke wants his talk with the irrepressible raconteur to take place as an actionless walkabout.
  • Her irrepressible spirit was infectious and brought joy to all who met her.
  • It was an unwelcome intrusion into investors' irrepressible optimism.
  • The seemingly irrepressible desire for global economic stability may itself fuel the cycle of crisis.
  • But it also turned him into an irrepressible optimist.
British Dictionary definitions for irrepressible


not capable of being repressed, controlled, or restrained
Derived Forms
irrepressibility, irrepressibleness, noun
irrepressibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrepressible
1811, from in- "not" + repressible (see repress). First attested in "Sense and Sensibility."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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