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attractive

[uh-trak-tiv]
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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

1375–1425; late Middle English attractif (< Middle French) < Late Latin attractīvus of a medicine with drawing power. See attract, -ive
Related formsat·trac·tive·ly, adverbat·trac·tive·ness, nounsu·per·at·trac·tive, adjectivesu·per·at·trac·tive·ly, adverbsu·per·at·trac·tive·ness, nounun·at·trac·tive, adjectiveun·at·trac·tive·ly, adverbun·at·trac·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for attractiveness

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  • They say that she had color and attractiveness, although she was unusually shy and reserved.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • This advent added much to the attractiveness of Long Key for me.

  • Thus will its utility and attractiveness both be well secured.

    A Book for All Readers

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford

  • You could not suggest an attractiveness to the body or suggest any refinement to the manner.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • What did they mean by talking about the man's attractiveness?

    Half a Hero

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for attractiveness

attractive

adjective
  1. appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
  2. arousing interestan attractive opportunity
  3. possessing the ability to draw or pullan attractive force
Derived Formsattractively, adverbattractiveness, 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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