[ ih-loo-siv ]
/ ɪˈlu sɪv /
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.
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Also e·lu·so·ry [ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh-] /ɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-/.
OTHER WORDS FROM elusive
e·lu·sive·ly, adverbe·lu·sive·ness, nounnon·e·lu·sive, adjectivenon·e·lu·sive·ly, adverb
non·e·lu·sive·ness, nounun·e·lu·sive, adjectiveun·e·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·e·lu·sive·ness, nounun·e·lu·so·ry, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH elusiveelusive illusory
Words nearby elusive
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British Dictionary definitions for elusory (1 of 2)
/ (ɪˈluːsərɪ) /
avoiding the issue; evasiveelusory arguments
difficult to grasp mentally; elusiveelusory ideas
British Dictionary definitions for elusory (2 of 2)
/ (ɪˈluːsɪv) /
difficult to catchan elusive thief
preferring or living in solitude and anonymity
difficult to rememberan elusive thought
Derived forms of elusiveelusively, adverbelusiveness, noun
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