attractive

[[t]ətræ̱ktɪv[/t]]
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1) ADJ-GRADED A person who is attractive is pleasant to look at.

She's a very attractive woman...

I thought he was very attractive and obviously very intelligent...

He was always immensely attractive to women.

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attractiveness N-UNCOUNT

Most of us would maintain that physical attractiveness does not play a major part in how we react to the people we meet.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is attractive has a pleasant appearance or sound.

The flat was small but attractive, if rather shabby...

The creamy white flowers are attractive in the spring.

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attractively ADV-GRADED usu ADV -ed/adj

It's an attractively illustrated, detailed guide that's very practical.

attractiveness N-UNCOUNT

The forest will enhance the attractiveness of the region.

3) ADJ-GRADED You can describe something as attractive when it seems worth having or doing.

Co-operation was more than just an attractive option, it was an obligation...

Smoking is still attractive to many young people who see it as glamorous.

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attractively ADV-GRADED ADV -ed/adj

The services are attractively priced and are tailored to suit individual requirements.

attractiveness N-UNCOUNT oft the N of n

The attractiveness of the schemes depends almost entirely on tax relief.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • attractive — late 14c., absorptive, from M.Fr. attractif (14c.), from attract , pp. stem of attrahere (see ATTRACT (Cf. attract)). Meaning having the quality of drawing people s eye or interest is from 1580s; sense of pleasing, alluring is from c.1600.… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • attractive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) pleasing or appealing to the senses. 2) arousing interest. 3) relating to attraction between physical objects. DERIVATIVES attractively adverb attractiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • attractive — [ə trak′tiv] adj. [ME < LL attractivus] that attracts or has the power to attract; esp., pleasing, charming, pretty, handsome, etc. attractively adv. attractiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • attractive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look ▪ She looked attractive and beautifully dressed. ▪ become, grow ▪ He had grown more attractive with age. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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