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allusive

[uh-loo-siv] /əˈlu sɪv/
adjective
1.
having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
2.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
Origin of allusive
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
unallusive, adjective
unallusively, adverb
unallusiveness, noun
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Examples from the Web for allusiveness
Historical Examples
  • Why even did he not continue his disquisition on the philosophic value of allusiveness?

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • She had behind her garishness a gift for sympathy and a keen intuition, delicacy, and allusiveness.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Luckily, their allusiveness escaped her; she knew nothing of the diversions of the ancient gods.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • They, also, were frightened by the mystery and allusiveness of the tales, and had an apprehension that they would not be popular.

British Dictionary definitions for allusiveness

allusive

/əˈluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
containing or full of allusions
Derived Forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for allusiveness

allusive

adj.

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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