Arrest vs Attractive - What's the difference?

arrest | attractive |

As a noun arrest

is arrest, confinement, detention.

As an adjective attractive is

causing attraction; having the quality of attracting by inherent force.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A check, stop, an act or instance of something.
  • The condition of being stopped, standstill.
  • (legal) The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
  • A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.
  • A device to physically arrest motion.
  • (nautical) The judicial detention of a ship to secure a financial claim against its operators.
  • (obsolete) Any seizure by power, physical or otherwise.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., were sad arrests to his troubled spirit.
  • (farriery) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse.
  • (White)

    Derived terms

    * arrest warrant * cardiac arrest * house arrest


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To stop the motion of (a person or animal).
  • * Philips
  • Nor could her virtues the relentless hand / Of Death arrest .
  • (obsolete) To stay, remain.
  • (Spenser)
  • To stop (a process, course etc.).
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 707:
  • To try to arrest the spiral of violence, I contacted Chief Buthelezi to arrange a meeting.
  • * 1997 : Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault , page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
  • Knowledge replaced universal resemblance with finite differences. History was arrested and turned into tables …Western reason had entered the age of judgement.
  • To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody.
  • The police have arrested a suspect in the murder inquiry.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I arrest thee of high treason.
  • To catch the attention of.
  • * 1919 : :
  • There is something about this picture—something bold and vigorous, which arrests the attention. I feel sure it would be highly popular.

    Derived terms

    * arrester, arrestor * arrestment * arresting


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    (en adjective)
  • Causing attraction; having the quality of attracting by inherent force.
  • Having the power of charming or alluring by agreeable qualities; enticing.
  • That's a very attractive offer.
  • Pleasing or appealing to the senses.
  • He is an attractive fellow with a trim figure.


    * (causing attraction) magnetic * (having the power of charming) desirable * (pleasing or appealing to the senses) pretty, beautiful


    * (having the power of charming) repulsive, ugly * (pleasing or appealing to the senses) repulsive, ugly * unattractive


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