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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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  • It was not a sea that came away; it was a mere enormous cataract that poured on irresistibly.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • The face, the tone, the outstretched arm, all drew her irresistibly to him.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The arguments which she had considered so irresistibly conclusive, had recoiled like a wave from a rock.

    Chronicles of the Canongate Sir Walter Scott
  • But didnt Altamont say that he had been caught among the ice, and dragged there irresistibly?

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Men were drawn to them irresistibly by the desire to share this life of love.

  • Why were they not always and irresistibly drawn toward the very idea of God?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • I was irresistibly reminded of this story, and could not help telling it.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for irresistibly


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 irresistibly



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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