- 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
Examples from the Web for attractive
They have one big problem: Republican midterm gains had more to do with a sagging Democrat brand than an attractive GOP platform.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
She must be beautiful and attractive for her partner and bring home at least half of the family income.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
The book thus has an attractive double “empathy,” a word that appears in all four parts.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Like trees, these structures provide shelter and serve as attractive pieces of natural sculpture.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
She “was an attractive blonde,” Bai writes, “only in the sense that the Sistine Chapel had some pretty good artwork.”How Gary Hart Became the First Political Sex Scandal Casualty
October 1, 2014
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.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He looked at her in her simple working-dress, so fresh, so unpretending, and attractive.The Dream
Why, he asked himself, was he unmoved by a woman who was so attractive?Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
When she took off her vail, she displayed a bust of the most attractive beauty.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
- arousing interestan attractive opportunity
- possessing the ability to draw or pullan attractive force
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.