What does attractive mean?

Definitions for attractive
əˈtræk tɪvat·trac·tive

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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.

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. Philippe Bodereau:

    The banking sector's strong and improving credit fundamentals and the compelling absolute and relative valuations of bank hybrids should result in attractive long-term total returns for our clients, this strategy offers potentially higher risk-adjusted returns than equities and high-yield debt by capitalizing on opportunities created by relative value dislocations in the U.S. and in Europe.

  2. Daniel Ives:

    It's a necessary evil as CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft have recognized the 'golden goose' and major revenue opportunities will happen after the upgrades have taken place microsoft needs to lay seeds for its cloud-centric strategy and Windows 10 is the epicenter of that strategy. It's all about making it attractive for the ecosystem to upgrade onto this next-generation platform.

  3. Arun Daniel:

    They could see double-digit growth in the women's category by taking share from competitors like Guess, which would be interesting because then you're getting both the brand and growth and it becomes an attractive story for 3 to 5 years, but it all comes down to price.

  4. Gene Munster:

    Things are going to be more optimistic in the future, and the irony of this whole collapse is that it creates an easier comparable for the future, it basically is resetting the bar to make the story, at least for investors, more attractive.

  5. Patrick Mendes:

    With Atton's portfolio, AccorHotels will strengthen its leadership position in Latin America and complement its offer to its customers and loyalty members with attractive key destinations.

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