al·​lu·​sive | \ ə-ˈlü-siv How to pronounce allusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of allusive

: characterized by or containing allusion : making implied or indirect references Both men employ a densely allusive prose, richly embedded with the fruit of their reading, and both use language as a tool by which to explore and define themselves.—Michiko Kakutani One way that Cuarón avoids solipsism is to keep his own most consequential experiences to the story's margins—his parents' split is portrayed obliquely, through allusive moments and eavesdropped conversations.— Ann Hornaday

Other Words from allusive

allusively adverb
He speaks so rapidly and so allusively that listening to a lecture by him is an exhausting as well as an enriching experience. — Gertrude Himmelfarb
allusiveness noun
Ballet can't convey historical detail; its power is in allusiveness, in imagery, in suggesting states of mind and emotion that words cannot capture. — Roslyn Sulcas

First Known Use of allusive

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Allusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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