Definition of attractive in US English:

attractive

adjective

  • 1(of a thing) pleasing or appealing to the senses.

    ‘an attractive home’
    ‘foliage can be as attractive as flowers’
    • ‘Apart from the attractive flowers, these plants also have good foliage, many with silver markings and spots.’
    • ‘Real fans are tough to please, and undoubtedly demand skilful, attractive football.’
    • ‘A cool drink and a hot flannel welcome us on arrival and flowers greet us in our spacious and attractive bedroom.’
    • ‘On the market was a most attractive selection of plants, flowers and flower pots and shrubs.’
    • ‘Maybe your friends are already in an attractive village and you would like to join them.’
    • ‘Further down the road there is a most attractive black and white iron signpost pointing to the four villages.’
    • ‘Cartmel village with its attractive shops and cafes is also well worth a visit.’
    • ‘Opinions that I agree with are more restful, and a sense of humour is attractive.’
    • ‘Both these factors account for the popular demand for these attractive flowers.’
    • ‘The landscaping of the village is very attractive with mature trees adding great character.’
    • ‘They say these colors are attractive and fresh to the eyes.’
    • ‘He is a small, intense individual with an attractive, self-deprecating sense of humour.’
    • ‘He had a most attractive personality, and his death in an air crash in the 1960s was a tragedy.’
    • ‘Himalayan balsam's pink flowers are an attractive sight on the river's edge but it is a menace that needs to be stopped in its tracks.’
    • ‘Anyone who has attractive wild flowers growing in their gardens may like to collect and donate some seeds.’
    • ‘The atmosphere is relaxed and the waiters are friendly, attractive and fully equipped with a sense of humour.’
    • ‘The older sections of these Andalusian villages are built in an attractive style.’
    • ‘In spring they produce attractive white flowers and the colour of their fruits varies from pink, yellow and red to almost black.’
    • ‘He seems to think we had a more attractive society before the 1960's.’
    • ‘Over the years there have been splendid displays of flowers which really make the island attractive.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) appealing to look at; sexually alluring.
      ‘an attractive, charismatic man’
      • ‘The shop was full of attractive men buying Valentine's cards for their gorgeous women.’
      • ‘Why oh why do these attractive women in the public eye choose to commit themselves to other men, before they've even had a chance to meet me?’
      • ‘One night I ran into a pretty girl who seemed to think I was attractive.’
      • ‘He wants everyone to know that he has a very attractive wife.’
      • ‘He would like more time with his attractive, attentive wife, and, adoring, aging mother.’
      • ‘You're greeted by an attractive person who asks you how you are, and seems interested in your answer.’
      • ‘For years, studies have confirmed that attractive people get all the breaks.’
      • ‘An orchestra of attractive women played gay tunes from operas and light marches.’
      • ‘He has an attractive wife, Madeleine, who likes to paint landscapes.’
      • ‘But she is furious at her dad for marrying an attractive woman just a few years older than herself.’
      • ‘Next time you find yourself flirting with an attractive member of the opposite sex, however, you should beware.’
      • ‘Each table had a rather attractive woman who dealt cards with as much dexterity as in Las Vegas.’
      • ‘She was naturally attractive with her cute face and short but nicely curved body.’
      • ‘As I hopped aboard, I noticed the bus was empty but for three attractive girls in animated discussion at the back.’
      • ‘She was quite an attractive woman with her pretty auburn hair braided behind her head.’
      • ‘A few years older than me, he was not a particularly attractive man.’
      • ‘Gavin was a rather attractive man who invariably dressed in jeans and a tight T-shirt.’
      • ‘These shows are about attractive people falling deeply in love with one another.’
      • ‘For I suddenly seem to be encountering a new generation of stunningly attractive women in their fifties.’
      • ‘What I wanted was to spend an evening with a very attractive and fascinating woman.’
      • ‘Footballer David Beckham is one of the most sexy and attractive men on the planet.’
      • ‘To my delight, I saw a very attractive lady running around the pool yelling my name.’
      • ‘She was a lovely and attractive girl, but it appeared that she was nervous and scared.’
      good-looking, nice-looking, beautiful, pretty, as pretty as a picture, handsome, lovely, stunning, striking, arresting, gorgeous, prepossessing, winning, fetching, captivating, bewitching, beguiling, engaging, charming, charismatic, enchanting, appealing, delightful, irresistible
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    2. 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’
      • ‘Such a policy goal would be attractive to parents, students and many other stakeholders.’
      • ‘The idea of love at first sight, though attractive to women in theory, terrifies them in practice.’
      • ‘Newton's argument is intellectually attractive and his scholarship is extremely persuasive.’
      • ‘He added that many of the paintings had not been auctioned before, which made them particularly attractive to collectors.’
      • ‘This opens up a spectre of interesting possibilities, none of them attractive to him.’
      • ‘The selected book will be given a somewhat bigger push than is often the case with first novels, and overall the deal looks attractive.’
      • ‘Analysts said the deal was likely to be attractive to consumer electronics makers.’
      • ‘We're also active in France, with a product that's proving attractive to the hotel sector.’
      • ‘The report added that Winchester town was the only part of the district that would remain attractive to developers.’
      • ‘Moving permanently overseas became increasingly attractive to many New Zealanders.’
      • ‘The extent to which nuclear power will be attractive in the future depends on two main sets of factors.’
      • ‘Veterinary science is a career choice that has become increasingly attractive to women.’
      • ‘And it is a strategy which is attractive to many customers.’
      • ‘He has an attractive theory on this state of affairs.’
      • ‘Australia had by then become a most attractive target for a new form of crime.’
      • ‘An association with the Spice Girls was an attractive idea as the Spice Girls appealed to young girls.’
      • ‘Its freedom and economic prosperity make it an attractive place for many Haitians.’
      • ‘Pop music is attractive to advertisers by virtue of its popularity with the audience.’
      • ‘Its proximity to the city centre is attractive while its garden will appeal to the green-fingered.’
      • ‘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
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    3. 1.3 Relating to attraction between physical objects.
      • ‘First, general relativity holds and gravity must act upon everything as an attractive force.’
      • ‘This is an attractive but short-range force that acts between molecules.’
      • ‘The attractive forces between molecules in a liquid are called surface tension forces and are what hold the liquid together.’
      • ‘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).

Pronunciation

attractive

/əˈtræktɪv//əˈtraktiv/