elusive

[ ih-loo-siv ]
/ ɪˈlu sɪv /
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adjective

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

First recorded in 1710–20; elus(ion) + -ive

SYNONYMS FOR elusive

Related forms

Can be confused

elusive illusory
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British Dictionary definitions for elusively

elusive

/ (ɪˈluːsɪv) /

adjective

difficult to catchan elusive thief
preferring or living in solitude and anonymity
difficult to rememberan elusive thought

Derived Forms

elusively, adverbelusiveness, noun

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