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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
From the Medieval Latin word irresistibilis, dating back to 1590-1600. See ir-2, resistible
Related forms
irresistibility, irresistibleness, noun
irresistibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for irresistibility
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  • They produce in us a sense of everlastingness and irresistibility.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • He believed for an instant that his story had the irresistibility of love and truth.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • There was a swing, an air of irresistibility about them that was magnificent.

    How I Filmed the War Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
  • As he looked now at her, one could almost feel the irresistibility of which he spoke.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • To have the five-finger exercises of his irresistibility played on one.

    Balloons Elizabeth Bibesco
  • Thus an illusion of that day—as of this—was exploded, namely the irresistibility of economic solidarity.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • It suggests the idea of physical necessity, of irresistibility.

  • Why had she so resented just now the doubt cast on that irresistibility which had blighted and cranked her whole life?

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • How to play the part of Paris where all the competitors have some irresistibility, as all have of either sex!

  • How to play the part of Paris where all the competitors have some irresistibility, as all have of either sex?

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for irresistibility


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 irresistibility



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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