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irresistible

[ir-i-zis-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈzɪs tə bəl/
adjective
1.
not resistible; incapable of being resisted or withstood:
an irresistible impulse.
2.
lovable, especially calling forth feelings of protective love:
an irresistible puppy.
3.
enticing; tempting to possess:
an irresistible necklace.
noun
4.
an irresistible person or thing.
Origin of irresistible
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin irresistibilis. See ir-2, resistible
Related forms
irresistibility, irresistibleness, noun
irresistibly, adverb
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  • If he wants the friendship of man or woman he is irresistible.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • It swept him away; this revival of passion was irresistible.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She was a negress and he knew it, and yet the act was instinctive and irresistible.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • And when he spoke she understood why he had been irresistible to Priscilla.

  • Thus the natural order of things leads us to an irresistible conclusion.

    Junius Unmasked Joel Moody
British Dictionary definitions for irresistible

irresistible

/ˌɪrɪˈzɪstəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be resisted or refused; overpowering: an irresistible impulse
2.
very fascinating or alluring: an irresistible woman
Derived Forms
irresistibility, irresistibleness, noun
irresistibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irresistible
adj.

1590s, from Late Latin irresistibilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + resistere (see resist). Related: Irresistibly; irresistibility.

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