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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Organic growth, or smaller deals, look more attractive for now. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 Kenichiro Kitamura, who leads government bond investments at Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co., said select euro-zone bonds like French debt look attractive after hedging. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Japanese Investors Are Back to Their Foreign Bond Buying Ways," 22 June 2018 Ed King, owner of King Economics, said costly oil field projects are looking more attractive as oil prices have risen, generating more potential income for producers. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "North Slope oil has hit its highest prices since late 2014, offering hope for the Alaska economy," 19 Apr. 2018 Retirement communities, Fortune 500 employers, universities and entertainment make Florida cities attractive to people on the move, Homes.com said. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando area ranked No. 4 in nation for people to move to, pushing up home prices," 15 May 2018 Those 2018 picks can be attractive for teams who need to get younger, need salary cap relief and are willing to part with a veteran in a potential deal with Indiana. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft will show us if the Pacers are in win-now mode," 15 May 2018 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

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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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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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