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 Girls learn that they’re supposed to be attractive and submissive, according to the study, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Emma Brown, Washington Post, "We can’t solve the problem of violence against girls and women without also addressing violence against men and boys.," 22 Feb. 2021 The two-row Honda provides an attractive and spacious cabin bolstered by bountiful storage solutions that are perfect for pack rats and road trips. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New SUVs and Crossovers of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 Smith, who returned this year from a horrific leg injury, has a tremendous salary that doesn’t seem attractive to Washington. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Even on expiring deals, Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton give the Cowboys the most stable QB situation in the NFC East," 31 Dec. 2020 Pripyat, a nearby city that once housed 50,000 people, has proven particularly attractive to tourists. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ukraine Seeks to Designate Chernobyl as a Unesco World Heritage Site," 16 Dec. 2020 Sturdy yet attractive cases for your tech from Speck are all 25% off. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Marmot, Ninja, Samsung and more," 15 Dec. 2020 Care by Volvo and Porsche Drive currently have the most attractive, and active, subscription offerings. Will Kaufman, Star Tribune, "Edmunds: Whatever happened to car subscription services?," 3 Feb. 2021 The new campus was spacious, and its buildings attractive. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "Baker's long-gone Leland College was Uptown New Orleans' first university," 4 Dec. 2020 What appears attractive, neat, or serene on the surface may in fact be riddled with conflict, injustice, or angst. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "New ‘Feast’ ballet uses dance to confront consumerism, poverty, climate change and other real-world problems," 19 Nov. 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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27 Feb 2021

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“Attractive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attractive. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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