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illusive

[ih-loo-siv] /ɪˈlu sɪv/
adjective
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Origin of illusive
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; illus(ory) + -ive
Related forms
illusively, adverb
illusiveness, noun
nonillusive, adjective
nonillusively, adverb
nonillusiveness, noun
unillusive, adjective
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  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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