meaning ‘that cannot be restrained’, is spelt -ible, not -able. See -able, -ible.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • irrépressible — [ irepresibl ] adj. • 1845; de 1. in et répressible ♦ Qu on ne peut réprimer, contenir, refréner. Force, passion irrépressible. ⇒ impérieux, incoercible, irrésistible. Une histoire « qui nous secouait de rires irrépressibles » (A. Gide). Une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Irrepressible — Ir re*press i*ble, a. Not capable of being repressed, restrained, or controlled; as, irrepressible joy; an irrepressible conflict. W. H. Steward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irrepressible — (adj.) 1767, from assimilated form of IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + repressible (see REPRESS (Cf. repress)). Increase of population, which is filling the States out to their very borders, together with a new and extended network of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • irrepressible — index hot blooded, indomitable, intractable, rampant, uncontrollable, unruly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • irrepressible — [adj] effervescent, vivacious boisterous, bubbling, buoyant, ebullient, enthusiastic, insuppressible, rebellious, rhapsodical, tumultous/tumultuous, unconstrained, uncontainable, uncontrollable, unmanageable, unquenchable, unrestrainable,… …   New thesaurus

  • irrepressible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not able to be restrained. DERIVATIVES irrepressibly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • irrepressible — [ir΄ripres′ə bəl] adj. that cannot be repressed or restrained irrepressibility n. irrepressibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • irrepressible — [[t]ɪ̱rɪpre̱sɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED An irrepressible person is lively and energetic and never seems to be depressed. ...the irrepressible Viv Allen... Jon s exuberance was irrepressible. Derived words: irrepressibly [[t]ɪ̱rɪpre̱sɪbli[/t]] ADV… …   English dictionary

  • IRRÉPRESSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qu’on ne peut réprimer, contenir. Une force irrépressible. Un abus irrépressible …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • irrepressible — ir|re|press|i|ble [ ,ırı presəbl ] adjective lively, confident, and impossible to control: He was an irrepressible man of great imagination. a display of irrepressible enthusiasm ╾ ir|re|press|i|bly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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