- 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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- avoiding the issue; evasiveelusory arguments
- difficult to grasp mentally; elusiveelusory ideas
- 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 elusory
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