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[si-duhk-tiv] /sɪˈdʌk tɪv/
tending to seduce; enticing; beguiling; captivating:
a seductive smile.
Origin of seductive
1755-65; seduct(ion) + -ive
Related forms
seductively, adverb
seductiveness, noun
unseductive, adjective
unseductively, adverb
unseductiveness, noun
tempting, alluring.
repellent. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for seductive


tending to seduce or capable of seducing; enticing; alluring
Derived Forms
seductively, adverb
seductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seductive

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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