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seductive

[si-duhk-tiv]
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adjective
  1. tending to seduce; enticing; beguiling; captivating: a seductive smile.

Origin of seductive

First recorded in 1755–65; seduct(ion) + -ive
Related formsse·duc·tive·ly, adverbse·duc·tive·ness, nounun·se·duc·tive, adjectiveun·se·duc·tive·ly, adverbun·se·duc·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms

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tempting, alluring.

Antonyms

repellent.
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Examples from the Web for seductive

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  • But then--How seductive a subject is eighteenth-century Bath!

  • He yielded not; adamantine to the seductive lure, he picked up his heels and ran.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "You must be a howl," commented the captain, making for the seductive locker.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The seductive game of poker is one that I do not understand.

  • Gervaise didn't understand this because she no longer found Lantier seductive.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for seductive

seductive

adjective
  1. tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
Derived Formsseductively, adverbseductiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for seductive

adj.

1740, from Latin seduct-, past participle stem of seducere (see seduce) + -ive. Related: Seductively; seductiveness. Middle English had seducious "deceitful, devious" (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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