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allusive

[uh-loo-siv] /əˈlu sɪv/
adjective
1.
having reference to something implied or inferred; containing, abounding in, or characterized by allusions.
2.
Obsolete. metaphorical; symbolic; figurative.
Origin of allusive
1595-1605
1595-1605; allus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, noun
unallusive, adjective
unallusively, adverb
unallusiveness, noun
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Examples from the Web for allusively
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  • She rose with an air of dismissing the subject, though she continued to speak of it allusively.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • Why, he exclaimed, allusively to its lustrous brilliance, it laughs at you.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • "Certain people have money in the bank themselves," said Master Andres allusively.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • The old mythology, when it was kept, was used allegorically and allusively.

    Romance Walter Raleigh
  • He was between them as an awesome presence, never mentioned otherwise than allusively.

British Dictionary definitions for allusively

allusive

/əˈluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
containing or full of allusions
Derived Forms
allusively, adverb
allusiveness, 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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