[ uh-res-tiv ]
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  1. tending to arrest or take hold of the attention, interest, etc.

Origin of arrestive

First recorded in 1825–35; arrest + -ive

Other words from arrestive

  • un·ar·res·tive, adjective

Words Nearby arrestive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use arrestive in a sentence

  • The Swinburne collocation of delicate bosom and death is both arrestive and interesting.

    Ptomaine Street | Carolyn Wells
  • The accumulation of carbonic acid in the breathed air would also have a similar arrestive power over destructive assimilation.

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

    The Grey Room | Eden Phillpotts
  • They were of a flamboyant Italian period, and more arrestive than distinguished.

    The Grey Room | Eden Phillpotts
  • His attitude was arrestive as an obelisk and uncircuitable as a labyrinth.

    Eden | Edgar Saltus