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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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 If girls are exposed to strong, female STEM role models, a career in these fields will seem as attractive and attainable as any other. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The upshot: Longer-duration assets (say, a 10-year Treasury, as opposed to a two-year one) and lower-credit-quality assets (like junk bonds) start to look riskier and less attractive. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Here’s What the World’s Biggest Investor Thinks the Markets Will Do Next," 9 July 2018 Insider: Aaron Holiday's family ties at core of what makes him attractive to Pacers After three seasons with the Magic and the Knicks, O'Quinn had seen one side of the NBA where losing and draft position reigned supreme. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Finally on a winner, Kyle O'Quinn embraces new chance with Pacers," 9 July 2018 Kirsten Hubbard worked as a Hooters Girl in Pacific Beach, San Diego in 2002, and admits being deemed attractive enough to pass the test was a rush. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Is There a Place for Hooters in 2018?," 20 June 2018 The Bundt pan pizza bread: In addition to cakes, Bundt pans are the perfect vehicle to give pull-apart breads made from balls of dough a fun and attractive shape. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "6 ways to use a Bundt pan you probably haven’t tried," 20 June 2018

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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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