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illusive

[ih-loo-siv]
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  1. illusory.
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Origin of illusive

First recorded in 1670–80; illus(ory) + -ive
Related formsil·lu·sive·ly, adverbil·lu·sive·ness, nounnon·il·lu·sive, adjectivenon·il·lu·sive·ly, adverbnon·il·lu·sive·ness, nounun·il·lu·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for illusively

Historical Examples

  • The taunting “boo-hoos” and screams of delight from the bleachers were as demoralizing as the illusively daring runners.

    The Young Pitcher

    Zane Grey

  • Did it recall that fatal day, when on the field of battle, a rival banner had waved ever illusively; ever beyond his reach?

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham


Word Origin and History for illusively

illusive

adj.

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

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