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ATTRACTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attractive mean? 

ATTRACTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ATTRACTIVE has 3 senses:

1. pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm
2. having power to arouse interest
3. having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull

  Familiarity information: ATTRACTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTRACTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1attractive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

Context examples:

a remarkably attractive young man / an attractive personality / attractive clothes / a book with attractive illustrations

Similar:

photogenic (looking attractive in photographs)

winsome (charming in a childlike or naive way)

prepossessing (creating a favorable impression)

personable ((of persons) pleasant in appearance and personality)

irresistible (overpoweringly attractive)

hypnotic; mesmeric; mesmerizing; spellbinding (attracting and holding interest as if by a spell)

fetching; taking; winning (very attractive; capturing interest)

engaging; piquant (attracting or delighting)

dinky ((British informal) pretty and neat)

cunning; cute (attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness)

charismatic; magnetic (possessing an extraordinary ability to attract)

bewitching; captivating; enchanting; enthralling; entrancing; fascinating (capturing interest as if by a spell)

Also:

seductive (tending to entice into a desired action or state)

beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)

inviting (attractive and tempting)

pleasing (giving pleasure and satisfaction)

Attribute:

attractiveness (a beauty that appeals to the senses)

Antonym:

unattractive (lacking beauty or charm)


Sense 2attractive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having power to arouse interest

Context examples:

an attractive opportunity / the job is attractive because of the pay

Similar:

appealing (able to attract interest or draw favorable attention)


Sense 3attractive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

attractive; magnetic

Context examples:

an attractive force / the knife hung on a magnetic board

Attribute:

magnetic attraction; magnetic force; magnetism (attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Antonym:

repulsive (possessing the ability to repel)


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