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.

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Whatever the threat posed by the technology of the future, we are reassured by Bond’s example that one heroic individual (plus an attractive woman) can return us to normality. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 Also known as echinacea purpurea, the attractive flower can be a real boon to ward off undesirable visitors. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Gorgeous Purple Flower Can Help Ward Off Unwanted Pests," 24 June 2019 Latinos have also provided a steady workforce that in turn made the state attractive for businesses looking to resettle in the pro-business state. María Méndez, Dallas News, "Hispanics account for 40% of D-FW population gain, but the fastest growth is among Asians," 21 June 2019 There’s already a good precedent for limiting numbers at highly attractive adventure locations. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 Roll the dough again, into attractive rugby-ball shapes. Tim Martin, 1843, "The croissant, breakfast of rebels," 13 June 2019 Combine that with a large number of older people who live full- or part-time in the state, and Arizona is attractive to Research for Life and other companies soliciting body donations. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Scrubb has been one of the best players in junior college and could be attractive to NBA teams after one more season. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "A lot's gone on in local sports. Here's Dominique Yates' top 10 stories (right now)," 28 June 2019 Because of the cost of vaping, the habit seems to be more attractive to upper-middle class kids, and their parents are now seeing marijuana’s real risks up close. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Activists Pass Their High Point," 25 June 2019

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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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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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