[ir-i-zis-tuh-buh l]


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 formsir·re·sist·i·bil·i·ty, ir·re·sist·i·ble·ness, nounir·re·sist·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for irresistibility

Historical Examples of irresistibility

  • 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.


    Elizabeth Bibesco

British Dictionary definitions for irresistibility



not able to be resisted or refused; overpoweringan irresistible impulse
very fascinating or alluringan irresistible woman
Derived Formsirresistibility or irresistibleness, nounirresistibly, 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