[ uh-loo-siv ]
/ əˈlu sɪv /


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

Origin of allusive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM allusive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for allusiveness

  • Why even did he not continue his disquisition on the philosophic value of allusiveness?

    The Belovd Vagabond|William J. Locke
  • She had behind her garishness a gift for sympathy and a keen intuition, delicacy, and allusiveness.

    The Weavers, Complete|Gilbert Parker
  • They, also, were frightened by the mystery and allusiveness of the tales, and had an apprehension that they would not be popular.

  • Luckily, their allusiveness escaped her; she knew nothing of the diversions of the ancient gods.

    Little Novels of Italy|Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for allusiveness

/ (əˈluːsɪv) /


containing or full of allusions

Derived forms of allusive

allusively, adverballusiveness, noun
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