- having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
- Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
Origin of allusive
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Examples from the Web for allusive
This is about as explicit as 1Q84 ever gets, and even here the sense of things is allusive.Murakami's Dreamy Return
November 4, 2011
Some, as Austria, instead of one Eagle, adopt two as their allusive emblazonry.Reptiles and Birds
My indictment will be short, as some of the parties is not present to which you have been allusive.
They both signify the same thing; both are allusive to a purification of life.The Symbolism of Freemasonry
Albert G. Mackey
When Austin explained Viviette's meaning to his mother, who had not an allusive habit of mind, she acquiesced placidly.Viviette
William J. Locke
Henry James, Senior, dealt with such things in the most allusive and paradoxical terms.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1
- containing or full of allusions
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Word Origin and History for allusive
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