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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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 Besides the obvious electric powertrain technology, there are new rules and features for Formula E's 2018/2019 season that made the series more attractive. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Year Electric Car Racing Gets Real," 11 Dec. 2018 Better video games might make leisure time more attractive, some economists hypothesize, and opioid use might make many less employable. Jeanna Smialek, The Seattle Times, "Millennial men leave perplexing hole in hot US job market," 20 Nov. 2018 Hiring more guards — and paying guards more to make the job more attractive to more people — costs money. German Lopez, Vox, "America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states," 17 Aug. 2018 The expansion could make those policies more attractive. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "ObamaCare Double Whammy: Two big Trump changes could spur insurance exchange exodus," 10 Aug. 2018 This, says McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, which provides insurance for classic cars, will only make road trips more attractive. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 2018 Super Meat Boy is the next game up, which isn’t quite as attractive a deal. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Free copies of Subnautica: Epic Games Store kickstarts your library with a winner," 14 Dec. 2018 The movie is based on Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, one in a trilogy about how attractive, stylish, mega-rich people have problems just like the rest of us, kind of! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "A 'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequel Is Already in the Works," 22 Aug. 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

Other Words from attractive

attractively adverb
attractiveness noun

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