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[ih-loo-siv] /ɪˈlu sɪv/
Origin of illusive
First recorded in 1670-80; illus(ory) + -ive
Related forms
illusively, adverb
illusiveness, noun
nonillusive, adjective
nonillusively, adverb
nonillusiveness, noun
unillusive, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Or was this only an illusive colour thrown on her skin by the red firelight?

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • We deal not so much with weights and measures as with illusive inaccuracies.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • The thing was too vague and illusive to become a purpose at all.

  • Oratory is as stealthy and as illusive as a weazel at night.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • It had come back, but now there was a change—mysterious, illusive.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Some nights it failed him entirely; upon others it was faint, illusive.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • "An illusive hope that reconciles us with to-day," answered the plaisant.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • Exact truth is as illusive to discovery by that as other pernicious methods.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • A door at the other end seemed miles away in the illusive light.

    The Devil in Iron Robert E. Howard
Word Origin and History for illusive

"deceptive, illusory," formed in English 1670s, from stem of illusion + -ive; cf. also illusory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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