ir·​re·​sist·​ible | \ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl \
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 \ noun
irresistibleness or less commonly irresistableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
irresistibly or less commonly irresistably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.

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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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