attractive

adjective
at·trac·tive | \ ə-ˈtrak-tiv \

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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Eileen, the novel’s protagonist, was not attractive, and Moshfegh felt annoyed to discover that readers focused on that fact, as if the demeaning and ugly things the character did came from her lack of physical beauty. Clare Mchugh, Time, "Why Ottessa Moshfegh Is One of the Best Novelists of the Summer," 12 July 2018 The styling is subtle but attractive, nothing too showy or garish, though the gap between the bed and the cap was huge. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 This idea, while fun to think about and, in my view, at least somewhat attractive as a kind of aspirational future vision of the world, obviously does not have any mainstream adherents in practical American politics. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The pernicious myth of “open borders”," 22 June 2018 Smartphones made these services more attractive than ever, which potentially threatened traditional mobile calling plans. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Here’s how companies have flouted net neutrality before and what made them stop," 11 June 2018 For a show that purported to document the lives of real (rich, white, conventionally attractive) people, the show’s final episode suggested revealed that maybe the cast was in on the un-reality of their situation the entire time. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 5 Most Important Contributions ‘The Hills’ Made to Culture," 7 June 2018 Or whether his pick has an attractive and loyal spouse who can stand next to the nominee at his (or her) swearing-in in some version of a political Norman Rockwell portrait. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The unbearable whiteness of being Trump's judicial picks | Will Bunch," 10 July 2018 To me, Rustic Goat is one of the most attractive and well-maintained restaurants in town. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 2018 Build something that, once fully configured, would provide a relatively easy-to-use and attractive console-like UI. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of attractive

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for attractive

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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 \

Kids Definition of attractive

1 : having the power or quality of drawing interest an attractive offer

2 : having a pleasing appearance an attractive home

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attractiveness noun

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