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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 seductively

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  • And yet how bedecked oftentimes' How seductively ornamented!

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • The very look and the sound of her were sweet, seductively sweet.

    The House of Fulfilment

    George Madden Martin

  • But she leaned not imperatively, not seductively, but wistfully and humbly.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

  • Like a spectral invitation, those five letters, F-a-n-n-y, gleamed before him so seductively.

  • They 'doctored' some rabbit paunches with strychnine cunningly enough, and laid them seductively in the field.

    Lives of the Fur Folk

    M. D. Haviland


British Dictionary definitions for seductively

seductive

adjective
  1. tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
Derived Formsseductively, adverbseductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seductively

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.).

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