What does elusive mean?

Definitions for elusive
ɪˈlu sɪv; -sə ri, -zə-elu·sive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word elusive.

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

How to pronounce elusive?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say elusive in sign language?

  1. elusive

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elusive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elusive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of elusive in a Sentence

  1. The Times story:

    In New York, Searching for the Reclusive and Elusive Melania Trump.

  2. Bobby Tudor:

    Deals have been elusive because buyers are both few in number and highly cautious.

  3. Lester R Bittel:

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

  4. Research Rasmus Kleis Nielsen:

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

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of elusive

  1. elusiveelusiveelusiveelusiveelusive

Popularity rank by frequency of use

elusive#10000#20139#100000

Translations for elusive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for elusive »

Translation

Find a translation for the elusive definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these elusive definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"elusive." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 20 Jul 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/elusive>.

Are we missing a good definition for elusive? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for elusive:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.