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[si-duhk-tiv] /sɪˈdʌk tɪv/
tending to seduce; enticing; beguiling; captivating:
a seductive smile.
Origin of seductive
First recorded in 1755-65; seduct(ion) + -ive
Related forms
seductively, adverb
seductiveness, noun
unseductive, adjective
unseductively, adverb
unseductiveness, noun
tempting, alluring.
repellent. Unabridged
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  • Well done, Bérangère; that makes you the god-mother of a ray, the ray of seductiveness and charm.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • The "Saracen's Head" is all suavity and seductiveness compared to mine.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • Even on Dearborn Street the seductiveness of spring was in the air.

    Lifted Masks Susan Glaspell
  • But that, together with all the charm and seductiveness she could summon, might be enough.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • Zoraya appears first shimmering in moonlight upon the hills of Spain,—dovelike in voice, serpentining in seductiveness.

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
  • Some men would have surrendered to the seductiveness of her voice; not so the vicomte.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • The other seasons are full of sensuous charm and seductiveness.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • While he felt the wine-like warmth of it in his heart, he felt its seductiveness in his brain.

    The Key to Yesterday Charles Neville Buck
  • She dresses like a Parisienne, walks like an Andalu-sian, and has all the seductiveness of a Polish countess!

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
  • For some moments he peered through the iron grating, and pondered on the seductiveness of the dusty road and of the ditch beyond.

    Jimbo Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for seductiveness


tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
Derived Forms
seductively, adverb
seductiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seductiveness



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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