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[ir-i-zis-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈzɪs tə bəl/

not resistible; incapable of being resisted or withstood:
an irresistible impulse.
lovable, especially calling forth feelings of protective love:
an irresistible puppy.
enticing; tempting to possess:
an irresistible necklace.
an irresistible person or thing.
not able to be resisted or refused; overpowering: an irresistible impulse
very fascinating or alluring: an irresistible woman

1590s, from Late Latin irresistibilis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + resistere (see resist). Related: Irresistibly; irresistibility.


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