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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Constrained in other areas, Subaru’s marketers have enhanced the Forester’s value proposition to nigh-on irresistible. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Subaru Forester: Do You Want Your Car to Spy on You?," 9 Nov. 2018 Phone apps that use machine learning to put an entertaining twist on selfies have proved irresistible to millions of people. David Ingram, NBC News, "A face-swapping app takes off in China, making AI-powered deepfakes for everyone," 5 Sep. 2019 Are the supercomputers in our pockets to blame, offering an irresistible pull, shaping the desire itself? Gal Beckerman, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame Phones for Narcissism," 7 May 2018 Come spring, Herbert’s size coupled with his arm strength will be irresistible to many an NFL team. Joan Niesen,, "Mailbag: Backup QBs Thrust Into the Week 2 Spotlight, LSU's Upside and More," 4 Sep. 2019 Sharing the plate were fine green beans and carrots, along with an irresistible risotto croquette. Tim Smith,, "Exceptional food, pleasant setting at Kings Contrivance Restaurant," 17 May 2018 The book's central conceit—an island where concepts intermittently disappear from society's collective understanding—has proved irresistible to American critics, who hail the novel's relevance in a time of pervasive doublespeak and gaslighting. Wired, "The Memory Police," 20 Aug. 2019 The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump. Anchorage Daily News, "Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations," 19 July 2019 But, according to Flageul, the legal options for graffiti artists in New York City have dwindled, and when the hotel’s representatives promised wall blanche, the opportunity proved irresistible. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 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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