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providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; pleasing; charming; alluring:
an attractive personality.
arousing interest or engaging one’s thought, consideration, etc.:
an attractive idea; an attractive price.
having the quality of .
Contemporary Examples

I know, for example, that there’s an internal Ethiopian hierarchy of attractiveness related to skin tone.
Israel’s Ethiopian Beauty Queen Sparks Debate Don Futterman April 11, 2013

attractiveness is not exactly a qualification for judicial office.
Why Elena Kagan’s Looks Matter Deborah L. Rhode June 25, 2010

And at the height of my attractiveness they worked great for me.
Kathleen Turner’s New Broadway High Kevin Sessums April 16, 2011

Judges are looking for “style, obviously, educational value, laughs per second, attractiveness,” Black says.
The Friskies Awards Aim to Find the Next Internet Cat Star October 15 Kelsey Meany September 21, 2013

And how common is an attractiveness gap in American couples?
The Ugly Husbands Club Tony Doukopil July 28, 2011

Historical Examples

A large water-fall, consisting of three separate cascades, cuts its side and adds greatly to its beauty and attractiveness.
On an Irish Jaunting-car Samuel G. Bayne

Thus will its utility and attractiveness both be well secured.
A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford

A head lining of plain or fringed paper also adds much to the attractiveness of the package.
Apple Growing M. C. Burritt

What did they mean by talking about the man’s attractiveness?
Half a Hero Anthony Hope

A title which offends against good taste must not be used, no matter how desirable it may appear in the matter of attractiveness.
Short Story Writing Charles Raymond Barrett

appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc
arousing interest: an attractive opportunity
possessing the ability to draw or pull: an attractive force

late 14c., “absorptive,” from Middle French attractif (14c.), from attract-, past participle stem of 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.


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