se·duc·tive | \si-ˈdək-tiv \

Definition of seductive 

: tending to seduce : having alluring or tempting qualities a seductive, sometimes disingenuous man— Thatcher Freund a seductive aroma

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Other Words from seductive

seductively adverb
seductiveness noun

Examples of seductive in a Sentence

the seductive power of advertising people always remarked on the cult leader's seductive personality

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And yet the idea of an old-fashioned impostor often feels confusingly seductive. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "Why Are Rich People So Easily Fooled?," 26 Feb. 2017 The gains promised by educational toys are seductive but worth your skepticism. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Those educational baby toys look great, but they may promise too much," 17 June 2018 To be as productive and seductive as Bourdain took iron discipline, personal and physical, as a very good recent New Yorker profile demonstrated. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 The other wines ranged from the crisp and excellent 2016 Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko ($18) to the silky and seductive 2015 Bodegas Chacra Cincuenta y Cinco Pinot Noir ($49), both 95-point bottlings. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "What Savvy Wine Buyers Should Know About the Points System," 3 May 2018 The aromas here are seductive and big, expressing juicy red fruit; graphite, tobacco and Christmas spices fill the palate. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: Fort Ross-Seaview and the anti-California Cabernets," 20 Apr. 2018 The promise made by social media platforms—of openness, neutrality, meritocracy, and community—remains powerful and seductive, resonating deeply with the ideals of network culture and a truly democratic information society. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 Revealing just enough while still preserving some mystery, Ratajkowski's no frills undies were seductive without having to try to hard. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Celebrates Her Birthday in the Most Glamorous Granny Panties," 8 June 2018 Model homes are meant to be seductive, using upgrades and exterior landscaping to lure buyers, all of which augment the base retail price. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of seductive

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seductive was in 1651

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English Language Learners Definition of seductive

: sexually attractive

: making someone do or want something : very attractive

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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