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[ir-i-zis-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈzɪs tə bəl/
not resistible; incapable of being resisted or withstood:
an irresistible impulse.
lovable, especially calling forth feelings of protective love:
an irresistible puppy.
enticing; tempting to possess:
an irresistible necklace.
an irresistible person or thing.
Origin of irresistible
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin irresistibilis. See ir-2, resistible
Related forms
irresistibility, irresistibleness, noun
irresistibly, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for irresistible


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

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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