allusive

[ uh-loo-siv ]
/ əˈlu sɪv /
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adjective

having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.

Nearby words

  1. allure,
  2. allurement,
  3. alluring,
  4. alluringly,
  5. allusion,
  6. allusively,
  7. alluvial,
  8. alluvial fan,
  9. alluvial mining,
  10. alluvial plain

Origin of allusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; allus(ion) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for allusively

allusive

/ (əˈluːsɪv) /

adjective

containing or full of allusions
Derived Formsallusively, adverballusiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for allusively

allusive

adj.

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

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