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[ uh-loo-siv ]
/ əˈlu sɪv /


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



Nearby words

allure, allurement, alluring, alluringly, allusion, allusive, allusively, alluvial, alluvial fan, alluvial mining, alluvial plain

Origin of allusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related forms 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 Formsallusively, adverballusiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for allusiveness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper