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.
Related formse·lu·sive·ly, adverbe·lu·sive·ness, nounnon·e·lu·sive, adjectivenon·e·lu·sive·ly, adverbnon·e·lu·sive·ness, nounun·e·lu·sive, adjectiveun·e·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·e·lu·sive·ness, nounun·e·lu·so·ry, adjective
Also e·lu·so·ry [ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh-] /ɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-/
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Examples from the Web for elusively
Historical Examples of elusively
He turned and would have caught her to him, but she drew back, elusively, as might a swan.
But she said, elusively, that she took them at all sorts of times.
He could dodge through the brush as elusively as any man in Wyoming.
But also he advanced, though elusively, slipping to one side of those great paws.
The wattle walls were not chinked; so the sweet night wind blew through freely; and elusively he saw stars against the night.
British Dictionary definitions for elusively
Derived Formselusively, adverbelusiveness, noun
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 elusively
1719, from Latin elus-, past participle stem of eludere (see elude) + -ive. Related: Elusiveness.
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