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

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 The latter segment is especially attractive to investors who want to ride the trend to support green energy. Lori Ioannou, WSJ, 6 May 2022 To reduce the presence of bears near homes, the department recommends removing things that are attractive to bears: birdseed, meats and fruits in the open in compost and easily accessible trash cans full of food scraps. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Therefore, the historically low mortgage rates might have been more attractive to Asian buyers, which eventually led to a higher pace of home sales. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Also, Bentley recommends switching out traditional incandescent light bulbs for warm-colored LED lights, as these are less attractive to insects which will help keep spiders away. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Naming conventions aside, SUSY theories were attractive to physicists because the existence of supersymmetric particles could simultaneously explain the Higgs’s low mass and provide a candidate for dark matter. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 While bond prices have fallen, hurting investors who held them already, those lower prices mean higher payouts that are attractive to new investors. Dion Rabouin, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Furthermore, the Covid-19 crisis has created many pricing discontinuities which can offer attractive trading opportunities. Trefis Team, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Schools can also survey students to check in on their well-being, which DeMaria knows is not attractive to educators who don't want to take away from instruction time. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Attractive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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