Not containable or controllable.
* 1858 , , Nicholas Nickleby , ch. 15:
(of a person) Especially high-spirited, outspoken, or insistent.
* 1875 , , The Law and the Lady , ch. 3:
- "...here the two friends burst into a variety of giggles, and glanced from time to time, over the tops of their pocket-handkerchiefs, at Nicholas, who from a state of unmixed astonishment, gradually fell into one of irrepressible laughter...
* 1900 , , Lord Jim , ch. 19:
- The irrepressible landlady gave the freest expression to her feelings.
* 1901 , , The Octopus , Book II, Conclusion:
- Schomberg, . . . an irrepressible retailer of all the scandalous gossip of the place, would, with both elbows on the table, impart an adorned version of the story to any guest.
* 1963 July 12, "
- "The irrepressible Yank is knocking at the doors of their temples and he will want to sell 'em carpet-sweepers for their harems."
People," Time :
* 2012 July 24, , "
- It was Paris' irrepressible High Fashion Doyenne Gabrielle ("Coco") Chanel, 80, so-soing this and high-hatting that, while Women's Wear Daily took notes.
Sherman Hemsley, ‘Jeffersons’ Star, Is Dead at 74," New York Times (retrieved 16 June 2013):
- High-strung and irrepressible , George Jefferson quickly became one of America’s most popular television characters, a high-energy, combative black man who backed down to no one.
Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive
* 1846 Allan Freer - The North British Review
* 1989 Louis Henkin - Right V. Might
- Human law is indeed repressive', but ' repressive on moral principles comprehensively applied to the whole community, and commanding the approval of the moral sense of the governed
- First, the classical rule forbids any unilateral right to use force to overthrow a regime on the sole grounds that it is repressive in character.