Etymology
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attractive (adj.)

late 14c., "absorptive," from Old French atractif "having the power to attract" (14c.), from attract-, past participle stem of Latin attrahere (see attract). Meaning "having the quality of drawing people's eye or interest" is from 1580s; sense of "pleasing, alluring" is from c. 1600. Related: Attractively; attractiveness.

updated on March 01, 2017

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Definitions of attractive from WordNet

attractive (adj.)
having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull;
an attractive force
attractive (adj.)
pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm;
attractive clothes
an attractive personality
a book with attractive illustrations
a remarkably attractive young man
attractive (adj.)
having power to arouse interest;
the job is attractive because of the pay
an attractive opportunity
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