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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.
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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  • Its rudest form is the contempt for safety and ease, which makes the attractiveness of war.
  • It doesn't take much to figure out that plastering the roadways with billboards will not improve scenic attractiveness.
  • Don't trust yourself to judge your own attractiveness.
  • Making science jobs appear more exciting would also improve their attractiveness.
  • As to the attractiveness of wind farms, people do seem to come down on one side or the other rather vehemently.
  • And they enjoy, to an extent, the power attractiveness bestows.
  • The best cruise fashion combines attractiveness, function and easy portability.
  • The sunny weather and scenic backdrop also add to the attractiveness of the activity.
  • Convenience is a key part of this hotel's attractiveness.
  • The region's successes and attractiveness are not due to chance.
British Dictionary definitions for attractiveness


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 attractiveness



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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