attractive

[ uh-trak-tiv ]
/ əˈtræk tɪv /

adjective

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
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attractive

/ (əˈtræktɪv) /

adjective

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 attractiveness

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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