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
Related formsal·lu·sive·ly, adverbal·lu·sive·ness, nounun·al·lu·sive, adjectiveun·al·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·al·lu·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for allusiveness

Historical Examples of 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

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

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • They, also, were frightened by the mystery and allusiveness of the tales, and had an apprehension that they would not be popular.

British Dictionary definitions for allusiveness



containing or full of allusions
Derived Formsallusively, adverballusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for allusiveness



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

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