Definitions for elusiveɪˈlu sɪv; -sə ri, -zə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elusive(adj)

    difficult to describe

    "a haunting elusive odor"

  2. elusive(adj)

    skillful at eluding capture

    "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline

  3. elusive, subtle(adj)

    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

    "his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"

  4. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Wiktionary

  1. elusive(Adjective)

    evading capture, comprehension or remembrance

    The elusive criminal was arrested

  2. elusive(Adjective)

    rarely seen

  3. elusive(Adjective)

    difficult to describe

    A precise definition of diarrhea is elusive (Robbin's pathology, 8th ed)

  4. Origin: From elusus past participle of eludo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elusive(adj)

    tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lester R Bittel:

    Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.

  2. Research Rasmus Kleis Nielsen:

    This means sustainable business models remain elusive even for those who succeed in building an audience.

  3. Lao Tzu:

    It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.

  4. Baroness Emma Orczy:

    We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

  5. Muriel Spark:

    One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must live it to the full.

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