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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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Examples from the Web for seductiveness
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  • At the present moment he was fairly dazzled with her beauty, spirit, and seductiveness.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Then her manner softened into a seductiveness of forgiveness once again.

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

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • There was seductiveness for Elisaveta in the nakedness of these impetuous bodies.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • 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
  • Hence the candle has the seductiveness of a prize, but at the same time carries the suggestion of burning the fingers.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • 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
  • Well done, Bérangère; that makes you the god-mother of a ray, the ray of seductiveness and charm.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for seductiveness


tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
Derived Forms
seductively, adverb
seductiveness, noun
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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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