from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the power to attract.
  • adj. Pleasing to the eye or mind; charming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing attraction; having the quality of attracting by inherent force.
  • adj. Having the power of charming or alluring by agreeable qualities; enticing.
  • adj. Pleasing or appealing to the senses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power or quality of attracting or drawing.
  • adj. Attracting or drawing by moral influence or pleasurable emotion; alluring; inviting; pleasing.
  • n. That which attracts or draws; an attraction; an allurement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power or faculty of drawing in, to, or toward by mechanical agency or action.
  • Having the quality of attracting by inherent force; causing to gravitate to or toward: as, the attractive force of bodies.
  • Having the power of charming or alluring by agreeable qualities; inviting; engaging; enticing.
  • n. That which draws or incites; allurement; charm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


From Middle French attractif, from Late Latin attractivus. (Wiktionary)


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