cap·​ti·​vat·​ing | \ˈkap-tə-ˌvā-tiŋ \

Definition of captivating 

: charmingly or irresistibly appealing a captivating aroma It's an utterly exotic combination of flavors, and a completely captivating one.— Howard Seftel Books with captivating stories and bright, uncomplicated artwork will enchant the very young without being too demanding.— Ed Zotti A captivating storyteller, he conveys the cozy domesticity of the small-time growers as well as the Technicolor style of life of the big deal-makers.— Alison Friesinger

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captivatingly adverb
a captivatingly sweet voice Each room is named for a month, and January through December are captivatingly filled with fanciful hearts, flowers, and vines that trail over the beds, chests, and wardrobes. — Mimi Elder

First Known Use of captivating

1675, in the meaning defined above

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