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Line breaks: at¦tract|ive
Pronunciation: /əˈtraktɪv

Definition of attractive in English:


1Pleasing or appealing to the senses: an attractive village 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: a stunningly 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.
sexy, sexually attractive, sexual, seductive, alluring, tantalizing, ravishing, desirable, sultry, sensuous, sensual, erotic, arousing, luscious, lush, nubile;
Scottish & Northern English bonny
informal fanciable, beddable, tasty, hot, smashing, knockout, drop-dead gorgeous, out of this world, easy on the eye, come-hither, come-to-bed
British informal fit
North American informal cute, foxy, bootylicious
Australian/New Zealand informal spunky
literary beauteous
archaic comely, fair
1.2Having qualities or features which arouse interest: the site is close to other prestige schemes 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.
appealing, agreeable, pleasing, inviting, tempting, interesting, fascinating, irresistible
1.3Relating to attraction between physical objects: the attractive force between the magnets and the metal plate
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  • 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.


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



Example sentences
  • And the food was indeed attractively presented on those huge white plates often favoured in fancy restaurants.
  • The book is attractively produced and very well illustrated with maps and the explorers' own sketches and letters to relatives.
  • These conditions have created a wealth of attractively priced opportunities for private equity investors.


Example sentences
  • She likes men and draws them to her with her attractiveness and interest in them.
  • It can cause a new mother to doubt her physical attractiveness and sex appeal.
  • While London's attractiveness is fading, the allure of cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh is growing.

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