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[uh-trak-tiv] /əˈtræk tɪv/
providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; pleasing; charming; alluring:
an attractive personality.
arousing interest or engaging one's thought, consideration, etc.:
an attractive idea; an attractive price.
having the quality of attracting.
Origin of attractive
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English attractif (< Middle French) < Late Latin attractīvus of a medicine with drawing power. See attract, -ive
Related forms
attractively, adverb
attractiveness, noun
superattractive, adjective
superattractively, adverb
superattractiveness, noun
unattractive, adjective
unattractively, adverb
unattractiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for attractive
  • It is ok if you don't look pretty, but knowledge and kindhearted will make you charming and attractive as well.
  • The department offers an attractive teaching load and strong support for professional development.
  • Arrange so that the more attractive interior of the cake is showing.
  • Evergreen huckleberry is an elegant, much-branched, evergreen shrub with attractive leaves.
  • The town becomes more attractive to home buyers and investors.
  • attractive broad, rounded leaves are heart shaped at base.
  • It's easy to see why these games are so attractive and, in a way, addictive.
  • As it becomes harder to smuggle through the desert, the legitimate ports of entry become a more attractive avenue.
  • Plants in turn provide oxygen, edible parts and attractive floral displays.
  • So, the attractive mate for one may not the attractive for another.
British Dictionary definitions for attractive


appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
arousing interest: an attractive opportunity
possessing the ability to draw or pull: an attractive force
Derived Forms
attractively, adverb
attractiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for attractive

late 14c., "absorptive," from Middle French attractif (14c.), from attract-, past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Meaning "having the quality of drawing people's eye or interest" is from 1580s; sense of "pleasing, alluring" is from c.1600. Related: Attractively; attractiveness.

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