What does attractive mean?

Definitions for attractive
əˈtræk tɪvat·trac·tive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word attractive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attractiveadjective

    pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

    "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"

  2. attractiveadjective

    having power to arouse interest

    "an attractive opportunity"; "the job is attractive because of the pay"

  3. attractive(a)adjective

    having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull

    "an attractive force";


  1. attractiveadjective

    Causing attraction; having the quality of attracting by inherent force.

  2. attractiveadjective

    Having the power of charming or alluring by agreeable qualities; enticing.

    That's a very attractive offer.

  3. attractiveadjective

    Pleasing or appealing to the senses.

    He is an attractive fellow with a trim figure.

  4. Etymology: From attractivus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Attractiveadjective

    Etymology: from attract.

    What if the sun
    Be centre to the world; and other stars,
    By his attractive virtue, and their own,
    Incited, dance about him various rounds. Paradise Lost.

    Some the round earth’s cohesion to secure,
    For that hard task employ magnetick power;
    Remark, say they, the globe, with wonder own
    Its nature, like the fam’d attractive stone. Richard Blackmore.

    Bodies act by the attractions of gravity, magnetism, and electricity; and these instances make it not improbable but there may be more attractive powers than these. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Happy is Hermia, wheresoe’er she lies;
    For she hath blessed and attractive eyes. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.

    I pleas’d, and with attractive graces won,
    The most averse, thee chiefly. Paradise Lost, b. ii.

  2. Attractivenoun

    That which draws or incites allurement; except that attractive is of a good or indifferent sense, and allurement generally bad.

    Etymology: from attract.

    The condition of a servant staves him off to a distance; but the gospel speaks nothing but attractives and invitation. South.


  1. attractive

    Attractive generally refers to anything that draws interest or attention and arouses pleasure or desire, usually due to its pleasing qualities or charm. This term can be used in various contexts, such as physical attractiveness in people, attractiveness of a product, service, opportunity, etc. The determining factors for attractiveness may vary based on personal preferences, societal norms, or market trends.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attractiveadjective

    having the power or quality of attracting or drawing; as, the attractive force of bodies

  2. Attractiveadjective

    attracting or drawing by moral influence or pleasurable emotion; alluring; inviting; pleasing

  3. Attractivenoun

    that which attracts or draws; an attraction; an allurement

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. attractif.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attractive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2019

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attractive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2795

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attractive' in Adjectives Frequency: #266

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attractive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attractive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of attractive in a Sentence

  1. Michael Vidler:

    People are learning the other side of the Hong Kong police and it's not an attractive side.

  2. Chief Financial Officer Larry Rosen:

    The main customer base was young people, where price was the most important factor. So we couldn't cover the costs of this premium strategy, and that's why it wasn't financially attractive.

  3. Nobuhiko Kuramochi:

    There is a sense of relief for now, and stocks with attractive valuations and higher dividend yields are in focus.

  4. Marcus Munafò:

    You consume a drink, so you see other people as more attractive, but you also become more attractive yourself because you've consumed a drink. And exactly how that would play out in the real world, we don't know.

  5. Alane Masui:

    If we can make it more attractive or make it more enjoyable to use the light rail or bus, then people are more apt to use it.

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