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

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 The smaller tree that is produced is very attractive. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Industry sources, however, generally say the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska on the other side of the North Slope is more attractive for companies. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2021 With jobs open at LSU and USC, Strickland believes the Florida post will be attractive. Mark Heim |, al, 21 Nov. 2021 Many are waiting for more attractive opportunities, says Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter's labor economist. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 Amid the global supply chain disruptions, surging freight costs, growing global trade and container shortages, shipping companies may offer attractive opportunities. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Swiss productions and co-productions are on the rise, driven in part by federal and regional funders that offer attractive opportunities for domestic and international filmmakers. Ed Meza, Variety, 3 Oct. 2021 Low interest rates and a paucity of other attractive opportunities have helped, too. Eliot Brown, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Today, Holland’s busy coast and sizable ports present attractive opportunities for drug smugglers. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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30 Nov 2021

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“Attractive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of attractive

: having a pleasing appearance especially : having a pleasing appearance that causes romantic or sexual feelings in someone : good-looking
: having a feature or quality that people like


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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