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 irresistible (audio) \ noun
irresistibleness or less commonly irresistableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ noun
irresistibly or less commonly irresistably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​blē How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.
Recent Examples on the Web Cash buyers can potentially be pushy, assuming that a cash offer is irresistible. cleveland, 11 July 2021 But for the Rubbiccos, like many Californians before them, the math behind the move was irresistible. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 June 2021 Cash buyers can potentially be pushy, assuming that a cash offer is irresistible. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 21 June 2021 Upstairs in what would have been a bedroom, bright yellow window casings give the austere setting irresistible pop., 25 June 2021 Another $50 off the regular price makes these headphones pretty irresistible. David Phelan, Forbes, 22 June 2021 The seafood, all simply grilled and caught by local fishermen, is fantastic, plus Cala Deià's sparkling blue waters are irresistible for a refreshing post-lunch dip. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 21 June 2021 Still, the drawings exude an irresistible sensuousness. Joseph Cermatori, New York Times, 11 June 2021 First move: Pick a location that proves irresistible for television cameras and other media for coverage for your event, but still abides by any state or local guidelines. Stu Zakim, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Irresistible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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