ir·​re·​sist·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \
variants: or less commonly irresistable

Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist an irresistible attraction

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Other Words from irresistible

irresistibility or less commonly irresistability \ ˌir-​i-​ˌzi-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irresistability (audio) \ noun
irresistibleness or less commonly irresistableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irresistableness (audio) \ noun
irresistibly or less commonly irresistably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​blē How to pronounce irresistably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.

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The idea that one number reveals so much about us is irresistible, notes statistical geneticist David Evans of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, who has studied the genetic basis of finger ratios. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 Just the names of some of the wrestlers - Visqueen, Napoleon Complex, Fabigail Tchoupitoulas, Annie Bacterial -- make the event irresistible. Doug Maccash,, "XXXtreme Drag Pro Wrestling Saturday night (June 2)," 1 June 2018 An irresistible urge to move your legs won’t allow you any peace. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 The recent Golden Globe winner is fantastic as a brooding detective, and the occult atmospherics and the rural American landscape exert their irresistible (if familiar) pull. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 One pleasant surprise were imported Japanese fish balls that were peaked at the top and stuffed with a yolklike core of sweet-and-salty yellow fish roe, simultaneously odd and irresistible. Craig Laban,, "Warming up to Chinese hot pot at Little Sheep," 5 Apr. 2018 But those statistics, however irresistible, do not paint the entire picture. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "As Serena Williams Rolls, It’s Tempting to Think About No. 24," 9 July 2018 Notwithstanding the small scope of our interaction with the Trump campaign, the Trump-Russia nexus seems irresistible to reporters and tempts them to imagine conspiracies. Charles G. Boyd And Dimitri K. Simes, WSJ, "Media Guilt by Russian Association," 4 Sep. 2018 Ciara is, without exaggeration, the picture of good health—with a warm, irresistible magnetism to boot. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Ciara Reveals the 5 New Year’s Resolutions Behind That Body for 2019," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist especially because of strength or attractiveness


ir·​re·​sist·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl\

Kids Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist an irresistible temptation

Other Words from irresistible

irresistibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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