[ir-i-zis-tuh-buh l]
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  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.
  1. 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. 2018

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