irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \
plural irritabilities

Definition of irritability

1 : the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2 : the quality or state of being irritable: such as
a : quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger : petulance
b : abnormal or excessive excitability of an organ or part of the body

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Examples of irritability in a Sentence

the librarian's well-known irritability makes students hesitant to ask questions

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First Known Use of irritability

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of irritability was in 1755

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irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \

Kids Definition of irritability

: the quality of easily becoming angry or annoyed

irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ət-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \
plural irritabilities

Medical Definition of irritability

1 : the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2a : quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger
b : abnormal or excessive excitability of an organ or part of the body (as the stomach or bladder)

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