1. Pleasing to the senses or mind, as by being beautiful: plants with attractive flowers; an attractive painting.
2. Interesting because of the likelihood of being advantageous or profitable: an attractive business deal.
3. Having the power to attract: the attractive force of gravity.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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