[ ih-loo-siv ]
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Origin of illusive

First recorded in 1670–80; illus(ory) + -ive

Other words from illusive

  • il·lu·sive·ly, adverb
  • il·lu·sive·ness, noun
  • non·il·lu·sive, adjective
  • non·il·lu·sive·ly, adverb
  • non·il·lu·sive·ness, noun
  • un·il·lu·sive, adjective

Words Nearby illusive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use illusive in a sentence

  • How he sickened for the bright translucent waters of the mirage, though he knew them false and illusive as a dream!

    Sarchedon | G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • Nor has any obscure, mysterious, or illusive point in history been cleared up by the spirits.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion