at·​trac·​tive ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce attractive (audio)
: arousing interest or pleasure : charming
an attractive smile
: appealing
an attractive offer
: having or relating to the power to attract
attractive forces between molecules
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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Word History


see attract

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of attractive was circa 1540

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“Attractive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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at·​trac·​tive ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce attractive (audio)
: having the power or quality of attracting
especially : charming, pleasing
attractively adverb
attractiveness noun

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