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[in-vahy-ting] /ɪnˈvaɪ tɪŋ/
attractive, alluring, or tempting:
an inviting offer.
Origin of inviting
First recorded in 1580-90; invite + -ing2
Related forms
invitingly, adverb
invitingness, noun Unabridged
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  • invitingly she craned her head forward, offering him her lips.

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  • "Then come with me," says Feitel, pointing up the hill which smiled to them invitingly.

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  • I gave her two, upon which she asked me, invitingly, if ever I tossed.

  • Wagg stuck his hand through the bars and waggled it invitingly.

  • She was looking straight into his eyes, and her lips were curled most invitingly.

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  • I said invitingly, as he brought his examination to an end and looked out of the window.

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  • It was bobbing about most invitingly in easy stepping distance.

  • Magda patted the warm surface of the rock beside her invitingly.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
British Dictionary definitions for invitingly


tempting; alluring; attractive
Derived Forms
invitingly, adverb
invitingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for invitingly



"attractive, alluring," c.1600, from present participle of invite (v.).

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