tending to seduce; enticing; beguiling; captivating: a seductive smile.

Origin of seductive

First recorded in 1755–65; seduct(ion) + -ive
Related formsse·duc·tive·ly, adverbse·duc·tive·ness, nounun·se·duc·tive, adjectiveun·se·duc·tive·ly, adverbun·se·duc·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms for seductive

Antonyms for seductive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seductiveness

Historical Examples of seductiveness

  • At the present moment he was fairly dazzled with her beauty, spirit, and seductiveness.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Then her manner softened into a seductiveness of forgiveness once again.

  • The "Saracen's Head" is all suavity and seductiveness compared to mine.

  • There was seductiveness for Elisaveta in the nakedness of these impetuous bodies.

    The Created Legend

    Feodor Sologub

  • Even on Dearborn Street the seductiveness of spring was in the air.

    Lifted Masks

    Susan Glaspell

British Dictionary definitions for seductiveness



tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
Derived Formsseductively, adverbseductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seductiveness



1740, from Latin seduct-, past participle stem of seducere (see seduce) + -ive. Related: Seductively; seductiveness. Middle English had seducious "deceitful, devious" (mid-15c.).

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