Definitions for illusiveɪˈlu sɪv
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based on or having the nature of an illusion
"illusive hopes of finding a better job"; "Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy"
Subject to or pertaining to an illusion, often used in the sense of an unrealistic expectation or an unreachable goal or outcome.
Testing software completely is an illusive goal.
deceiving by false show; deceitful; deceptive; false; illusory; unreal
Origin: [See Illude.]
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The legitimacy of the death penalty is sustained by the illusive search for painless executions, we cannot be relied on to deliver executions which impose no more than pain than is necessary, and we certainly can't be relied on to impose executions that are compatible with contemporary standards of decency.
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