illusive

[ih-loo-siv]

adjective


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Origin of illusive

First recorded in 1670–80; illus(ory) + -ive
Related formsil·lu·sive·ly, adverbil·lu·sive·ness, nounnon·il·lu·sive, adjectivenon·il·lu·sive·ly, adverbnon·il·lu·sive·ness, nounun·il·lu·sive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of illusive

Historical Examples of illusive

  • To be in love, to strive, yet not to possess—that is the poetry of love, sweet but illusive.

    The Created Legend

    Feodor Sologub

  • Deceived by his illusive standard, he has composed a poem which is perpetually fancy, and never passion.

  • But the surface of the planet yields little detail, and that little is illusive and ill-defined.

  • At planting, at plowing and at gathering, no detail was too small or too illusive to escape his eye.

    An Arkansas Planter

    Opie Percival Read

  • Miss Ophelia and the physician alone felt no encouragement from this illusive truce.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe



Word Origin and History for illusive
adj.

"deceptive, illusory," formed in English 1670s, from stem of illusion + -ive; cf. also illusory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper