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  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.
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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
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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.


    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


  1. not appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
  2. not arousing interestan unattractive proposition
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  1. appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
  2. arousing interestan attractive opportunity
  3. possessing the ability to draw or pullan attractive force
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Derived Formsattractively, adverbattractiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unattractive


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

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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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