[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. irreprehensible,
  2. irrepressible,
  3. irreproachable,
  4. irreproducible,
  5. irreputable,
  6. irresoluble,
  7. irresolute,
  8. irresolution,
  9. irresolvable,
  10. irrespective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for irresistible


/ (ˌɪrɪˈzɪstəbəl) /


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 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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