Definition of attractive in English:

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attractive

Pronunciation: /əˈtraktiv/

adjective

1(Of a thing) pleasing or appealing to the senses: an attractive home foliage can be as attractive as flowers
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  • Opinions that I agree with are more restful, and a sense of humour is attractive.
  • He is a small, intense individual with an attractive, self-deprecating sense of humour.
  • The landscaping of the village is very attractive with mature trees adding great character.
1.1(Of a person) appealing to look at; sexually alluring: an attractive, charismatic man
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  • For I suddenly seem to be encountering a new generation of stunningly attractive women in their fifties.
  • Footballer David Beckham is one of the most sexy and attractive men on the planet.
  • She was naturally attractive with her cute face and short but nicely curved body.
Synonyms
good-looking, beautiful, pretty, handsome, lovely, stunning, striking, arresting, gorgeous, prepossessing, fetching, captivating, bewitching, beguiling, engaging, charming, enchanting, enticing, appealing, delightful, winning, photogenic, telegenic;
sexy, seductive, alluring, tantalizing, irresistible, ravishing, desirable
informal drop-dead gorgeous, foxy, -licious
literary beauteous
archaic comely, fair
1.2(Of a thing) having beneficial qualities or features that induce someone to accept what is being offered: the site is close to the high-rent district, which should make it attractive to developers
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  • This opens up a spectre of interesting possibilities, none of them attractive to him.
  • However the interest rate gap was still proving attractive to foreign investors.
  • The region needs this type of investment to make it attractive to industrialists, tourists, and workers.
Synonyms
appealing, inviting, tempting, irresistible;
agreeable, pleasing, interesting
1.3Relating to attraction between physical objects.
Example sentences
  • Adhesion is the attractive force that exists between the coating and the gun metal.
  • It is not easy to deform a solid because of the strong attractive forces within the structure.
  • If two atoms start to move apart, the attractive forces will draw them back toward each other.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'absorbent'): from French attractif, -ive, from late Latin attractivus, from the verb attrahere (see attract).

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Syllabification: at·trac·tive

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