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

Two of Robbins's former bodyguards told BuzzFeed that they were sent into crowds to single out attractive women. Vogue, "Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Is Accused of Inappropriate Conduct, Including Harassment," 17 May 2019 Unreasonably attractive teens training to be witches and warlocks. Ali Drucker, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Gets the Sex Talk Totally Right," 12 Apr. 2019 The attractive pot, whose swirled design recalls a flamenco performer’s twirling skirt (hence its name, after the famous Carmen Amaya), comes in elegant white clay or earthy terra-cotta. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 The Cloud Bed is built into an attractive living room set-up with a small sofa and wood paneled walls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 Stopping political VIPs from leading a response to an attack and disrupting the continuity of governance would certainly be an attractive goal for an adversary. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 2018 Whether or not anyone on the site actually found me attractive was beside the point. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, SELF, "Posting Naked Pictures on the Internet Helps Me Accept My Body for What It Is: My Body," 2 Aug. 2018 That shows a creativity and resourcefulness that is attractive as an investor. Fortune, "Robert Downey Jr., Jay Z, Durant Back Life Insurance Startup," 14 June 2018 Geothermal plants rely on the Earth’s internal heat to generate clean, cheap energy, which makes them attractive as a way to combat climate change. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "One of the Worst Earthquakes in Korea's History Was Caused by Humans," 21 Mar. 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

22 May 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

highly pertinent or appropriate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

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!