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

Keep scrolling for more

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

That’s just what happened when the school became more attractive. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Lincoln Park elementary ends free preschool after criticism — but does it remain a perk for Chicago's richest neighborhood?," 14 June 2019 Gold, which has rallied 5% this year, becomes more attractive to investors when yields on interest-paying assets like government bonds fall. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Gold Nears 14-Month High," 14 June 2019 Or do otherwise ordinary companies become more attractive to investors by pumping up their ESG scores? Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "These 3 Socially Conscious Strategies Can Boost a Company's Bottom Line," 11 June 2019 Ford may be a more attractive partner for VW The news highlights the precarious nature of Aurora's business model. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Volkswagen snubs self-driving startup Aurora, eyes Ford partnership," 11 June 2019 It’s been tweaked each year as SUVs become increasingly attractive to large clans and families of one. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 For recruits, the opportunity to play the position has become attractive over time. Steven Lorenz, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football, Ohio State likely battling for 2020 viper William Mohan," 7 June 2019 Central bank policies can also have a strong influence on asset prices; low rates on savings can make riskier investments such as stocks relatively more attractive. Fox News, "After Fed turn, Europe faces stimulus question," 6 June 2019 Russia and Iran, however, are spearheading something different: pursuit of a much deeper kind of internet fragmentation, one that may be less reversible and more attractive to countries who want rigid control over online information. Justin Sherman, WIRED, "Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet," 6 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attractive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of attractive

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for attractive

see attract

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about attractive

Statistics for attractive

Last Updated

19 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for attractive

The first known use of attractive was circa 1540

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for attractive

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on attractive

What made you want to look up attractive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!