- eluding or failing to allow for or accommodate a clear perception or complete mental grasp; hard to express or define: an elusive concept.
- cleverly or skillfully evasive: a fish too elusive to catch.
- difficult to find: hoping that elusive donors will finally contribute.
Also e·lu·so·ry [ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh-] /ɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-/.
Origin of elusive
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2. tricky, slippery, shifty; puzzling, baffling.
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Examples from the Web for elusively
He turned and would have caught her to him, but she drew back, elusively, as might a swan.Mr. Incoul's Misadventure
But she said, elusively, that she took them at all sorts of times.Angela's Business
Henry Sydnor Harrison
He could dodge through the brush as elusively as any man in Wyoming.Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West
William MacLeod Raine
But also he advanced, though elusively, slipping to one side of those great paws.The Rich Little Poor Boy
The wattle walls were not chinked; so the sweet night wind blew through freely; and elusively he saw stars against the night.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- difficult to catchan elusive thief
- preferring or living in solitude and anonymity
- difficult to rememberan elusive thought
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Word Origin and History for elusively
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