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attractive

[uh-trak-tiv] /əˈtræk tɪv/
adjective
1.
providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; pleasing; charming; alluring:
an attractive personality.
2.
arousing interest or engaging one's thought, consideration, etc.:
an attractive idea; an attractive price.
3.
having the quality of attracting.
Origin of attractive
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English attractif (< Middle French) < Late Latin attractīvus of a medicine with drawing power. See attract, -ive
Related forms
attractively, adverb
attractiveness, noun
superattractive, adjective
superattractively, adverb
superattractiveness, noun
unattractive, adjective
unattractively, adverb
unattractiveness, noun
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  • A large water-fall, consisting of three separate cascades, cuts its side and adds greatly to its beauty and attractiveness.

    On an Irish Jaunting-car Samuel G. Bayne
  • When the basket was filled they fairly reveled in the attractiveness of its contents.

  • A head lining of plain or fringed paper also adds much to the attractiveness of the package.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • It is only too possible to aim at attractiveness by bad methods.

    To My Younger Brethren Handley C. G. Moule
  • A title which offends against good taste must not be used, no matter how desirable it may appear in the matter of attractiveness.

    Short Story Writing Charles Raymond Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for attractiveness

attractive

/əˈtræktɪv/
adjective
1.
appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
2.
arousing interest: an attractive opportunity
3.
possessing the ability to draw or pull: an attractive force
Derived Forms
attractively, adverb
attractiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for attractiveness

attractive

adj.

late 14c., "absorptive," from Middle French attractif (14c.), from attract-, past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Meaning "having the quality of drawing people's eye or interest" is from 1580s; sense of "pleasing, alluring" is from c.1600. Related: Attractively; attractiveness.

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