[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

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

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • But didnt Altamont say that he had been caught among the ice, and dragged there irresistibly?

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

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

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • "The romance of the story is irresistibly fascinating," says The Independent.

  • We are irresistibly impelled to endeavour to fill up these gaps.

British Dictionary definitions for irresistibly



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 irresistibly



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