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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to Ntshona, African countries need to make their holiday destinations more attractive in a post-coronavirus era as a lot of countries will be competing to get tourists to come to them. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Africa's tourism industry is preparing for a post-coronavirus era," 1 June 2020 Georgiades speculated that the East Bay may become even more attractive post-coronavirus among Silicon Valley employees who want to stay in the Bay Area but don’t feel the need to live close to their corporate campuses. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "SF, Silicon Valley rents plunge in May amid downturn," 1 June 2020 The intent was to create a wooden, unlikable character who would provide a foil for the more attractive contestants. Washington Post, "Herbert Stempel, whistleblower in quiz show scandals, dies at 93," 31 May 2020 Even more attractive to the space-plasma physicist is its constant display of aurorae, which Pete ranks the most amazing in the solar system. Anchorage Daily News, "Planet walk in Fairbanks puts things in perspective," 30 May 2020 This redesigned version of Buick's compact SUV offering looks far more attractive than its predecessor, which first came to the U.S. for 2016. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Buick Envision Gets a Surprisingly Attractive Redesign," 29 May 2020 When economic and earnings growth is robust and, therefore, plentiful, valuation becomes more attractive to investors and value stocks should shine. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "Investing tip: When it comes to value vs. growth stocks, don't split the difference," 28 May 2020 As for crude inventories, there are also ample stockpiles being housed in onshore tanks and vessels offshore that could hit the market as the economics of storing the crude becomes less attractive. Serene Cheong, Bloomberg.com, "Swift OPEC+ Cuts Revive Premiums in Asia Physical Oil Market," 20 May 2020 Thus, the program became more attractive both to less healthy companies that might not otherwise have qualified, and to more healthy companies that might simply find the interest rates appealing. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Says a New Bailout Program Will Help 35 Million Americans. It Probably Won’t.," 14 May 2020

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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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4 Jun 2020

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“Attractive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attractive. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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attractive

adjective
How to pronounce attractive (audio)

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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