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  1. tending to arrest or take hold of the attention, interest, etc.
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Origin of arrestive

First recorded in 1825–35; arrest + -ive
Related formsun·ar·res·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for arrestive

Historical Examples

  • His attitude was arrestive as an obelisk and uncircuitable as a labyrinth.


    Edgar Saltus

  • Similarly he could disguise his voice, the natural tones of which were low, monotonous, and of no arrestive quality.

    The Grey Room

    Eden Phillpotts

  • But his eyes—those peering light-blue eyes—they were the most arrestive of any of his peculiarities.