providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; pleasing; charming; alluring: an attractive personality.
arousing interest or engaging one's thought, consideration, etc.: an attractive idea; an attractive price.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of attractive

  • When cool, this solidifies and may be served in attractive ways.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • He had seen her before in the hospital, but he had never really noticed how attractive she was.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He looked at her in her simple working-dress, so fresh, so unpretending, and attractive.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Why, he asked himself, was he unmoved by a woman who was so attractive?


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • When she took off her vail, she displayed a bust of the most attractive beauty.

British Dictionary definitions for attractive



appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
arousing interestan attractive opportunity
possessing the ability to draw or pullan attractive force
Derived Formsattractively, adverbattractiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for attractive

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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