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  1. having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
  2. Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
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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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Related Words for allusive

connotative, evocative, implied, impressionistic, indirect, inferred, remindful

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British Dictionary definitions for allusive


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


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

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