ir·​re·​sist·​ible ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl How to pronounce irresistible (audio)
variants or less commonly irresistable
: impossible to resist
an irresistible attraction
irresistibility noun
or less commonly irresistability
irresistibleness noun
or less commonly irresistableness
irresistibly adverb
or less commonly irresistably

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.
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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irresistible was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Irresistible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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ir·​re·​sist·​ible ˌir-i-ˈzis-tə-bəl How to pronounce irresistible (audio)
: impossible to resist
an irresistible attraction
irresistibility adjective
irresistibly adverb
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