attractive

adjective
at·​trac·​tive | \ ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce attractive (audio) \

Definition of attractive

1a : arousing interest or pleasure : charming an attractive smile
b : appealing an attractive offer
2 : having or relating to the power to attract attractive forces between molecules

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Other Words from attractive

attractively adverb
attractiveness noun

Examples of attractive in a Sentence

An attractive woman greeted us at the door. The camera has many attractive features at a very attractive price.

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Katelyn Burns, 35, was catfished on OKCupid by an attractive man who shared her same exact interests. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "6 Signs You're Being Catfished," 3 Apr. 2019 The belief that drab and cautious clothes are the last thing anyone wants in dark times has worked to make London attractive on the world stage in the past. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 As the Bay Area grapples with infrastructure and civic woes, large companies are increasingly attractive targets for more tax revenue, said Jesse Rothstein, a professor of public policy and economics at UC Berkeley. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "As Silicon Valley looks to tax tech, San Francisco has lightened its load," 2 July 2018 Those higher rates have made rural hospitals attractive targets for schemes that have generated nearly half a billion dollars in allegedly fraudulent billing. CBS News, "Auditor "shocked" by massive billing schemes at rural hospitals," 16 May 2018 Still, the time to go is right now because this uncut jewel is becoming ever more polished and attractive to visitors. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 Created by two former smokers and Stanford design graduates (one of whom also worked as a design engineer at Apple), the duo wanted to make a device that looked sleek and attractive. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Twitter Facebook − + 녤니뾱뾱 • 2 days ago Wannaone, Kang Daniel is awesome & so attractive singer. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Wanna One Team Up With Popular Korean Singer-Songwriters for 'Undivided' EP: Watch 'Light' Music Video," 4 June 2018 Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Report: Facebook let major tech firms access private messages, friends lists," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of attractive

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for attractive

see attract

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The first known use of attractive was circa 1540

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attractive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of attractive

: having a pleasing appearance especially : having a pleasing appearance that causes romantic or sexual feelings in someone
: having a feature or quality that people like

attractive

adjective
at·​trac·​tive | \ ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce attractive (audio) \

Kids Definition of attractive

1 : having the power or quality of drawing interest an attractive offer
2 : having a pleasing appearance an attractive home

Other Words from attractive

attractively adverb
attractiveness noun

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