[ uh-trak-tiv ]
/ əˈtræk tɪv /


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.

Nearby words

  1. attract,
  2. attractancy,
  3. attractant,
  4. attraction,
  5. attraction sphere,
  6. attractive nuisance,
  7. attractively,
  8. attractor,
  9. attrahent,
  10. attrib.

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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Examples from the Web for unattractive

British Dictionary definitions for unattractive


/ (ˌʌnəˈtræktɪv) /


not appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
not arousing interestan unattractive proposition


/ (əˈtræktɪv) /


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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