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[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.
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  1. an irresistible person or thing.
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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
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Related Words for irresistibly

naturally, unquestionably, undoubtedly, automatically, severely, furiously, brutally, viciously, passionately, forcefully, frantically, angrily, madly, wildly, boldly, savagely, mightily, vehemently, ferociously, accordingly

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Contemporary Examples of irresistibly

Historical Examples of irresistibly

  • 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


  1. not able to be resisted or refused; overpoweringan irresistible impulse
  2. very fascinating or alluringan irresistible woman
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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.

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