beckoning

adjective
beck·​on·​ing | \ˈbe-kᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of beckoning 

: attractive or inviting : appealing … in the beckoning, golden distances of the great new westward continent …— Robert Penn Warren The most immediately beckoning aspect of Kobke's work is probably his portraiture.— Sanford Schwartz

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beckoningly adverb
Over the main entrance, a constellation of electric lights flicked beckoningly off and on. — Peter Quennell

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An overnight visit also improves visitors’ chances of hearing the beckoning howls of the wolves. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Spend the Night Howling with Wolves in Québec’s Parc Mahikan," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of beckoning

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beckoning was in 1786

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