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[uh-loo-siv] /əˈlu sɪv/
having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
Origin of allusive
First recorded in 1595-1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
unallusive, adjective
unallusively, adverb
unallusiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • This follows from the allusive way in which he and his wife are introduced—there must be a background to allusions.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Some, as Austria, instead of one Eagle, adopt two as their allusive emblazonry.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • 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
  • It was allusive and allegorical to a high degree, and now, but for the commentary, much of it would be quite unintelligible.

  • The old sacred name Yahweh is never pronounced; even “God” is avoided for allusive titles like “heaven” or “place.”

  • It is divided into narrative, representative, and allusive or parabolical poetry.

  • It was allusive only, but knowing the dialect, Pierston and Marcia gathered its import easily.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • Henry James, Senior, dealt with such things in the most allusive and paradoxical terms.

British Dictionary definitions for allusive


containing or full of allusions
Derived Forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for allusive

c.1600, from Latin allus-, past participle stem of alludere (see allude) + -ive. Related: Allusively; allusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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