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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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Irresistible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce irresistible (audio)

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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