allusive

[uh-loo-siv]
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adjective
  1. having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
  2. Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.

Origin of allusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related formsal·lu·sive·ly, adverbal·lu·sive·ness, nounun·al·lu·sive, adjectiveun·al·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·al·lu·sive·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of allusive

  • This is about as explicit as 1Q84 ever gets, and even here the sense of things is allusive.

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    Murakami's Dreamy Return

    Malcolm Jones

    November 4, 2011

Historical Examples of allusive


British Dictionary definitions for allusive

allusive

adjective
  1. containing or full of allusions
Derived Formsallusively, adverballusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for allusive
adj.

c.1600, from Latin allus-, past participle stem of alludere (see allude) + -ive. Related: Allusively; allusiveness.

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