[ ih-loo-siv ]
/ ɪˈlu sɪv /


Nearby words

  1. illus.,
  2. illusion,
  3. illusionary,
  4. illusionism,
  5. illusionist,
  6. illusively,
  7. illusory,
  8. illust.,
  9. illustrate,
  10. illustrated

Origin of illusive

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for illusively

  • The taunting “boo-hoos” and screams of delight from the bleachers were as demoralizing as the illusively daring runners.

  • Did it recall that fatal day, when on the field of battle, a rival banner had waved ever illusively; ever beyond his reach?

    Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham

Word Origin and History for illusively



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper