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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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Examples from the Web for unattractive
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  • The fruit is unattractive in appearance, and the quality is not high.

  • It was always to the most unlovable and unattractive that Angela's heart went out.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • As somebody remarked cynically once, she was too unattractive to be anything else.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • She is quieter in her movements and her shyness is not unattractive.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc
  • We had no idea how long this unattractive place might be our home.

British Dictionary definitions for unattractive

unattractive

/ˌʌnəˈtræktɪv/
adjective
1.
not appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
2.
not arousing interest: an unattractive proposition

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 unattractive
adj.

1729, from un- (1) "not" + attractive. Related: Unattractively; unattractiveness.

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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