se·​duc·​tive | \ si-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce seductive (audio) \

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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First Known Use of seductive

1651, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Seductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seductive

: sexually attractive
: making someone do or want something : very attractive

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