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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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  • Why, he exclaimed, allusively to its lustrous brilliance, it laughs at you.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • The old mythology, when it was kept, was used allegorically and allusively.

    Romance Walter Raleigh
  • He was between them as an awesome presence, never mentioned otherwise than allusively.

  • "Certain people have money in the bank themselves," said Master Andres allusively.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • She rose with an air of dismissing the subject, though she continued to speak of it allusively.

    The High Heart Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for allusively


containing or full of allusions
Derived Forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for allusively



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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