What does elusive mean?

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

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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

    Etymology: From elusus past participle of eludo

  2. elusive(Adjective)

    rarely seen

    Etymology: From elusus past participle of eludo

  3. elusive(Adjective)

    difficult to describe

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

    Etymology: 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?

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How to say elusive in sign language?

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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. Marianne Nyegaard:

    A Japanese research group first found genetic evidence of an unknown sunfish species in Australian waters 10 years ago, but the fish kept eluding the scientific community because we didn't know what it looked like, finding these fish and storing specimens for studies is a logistical nightmare due to their elusive nature and enormous size, so sunfish research is difficult at the best of times.

  2. Research Rasmus Kleis Nielsen:

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

  3. The IEA:

    U.S. stocks may soon test storage capacity limits. That would inevitably lead to renewed price weakness, which in turn could trigger the supply cuts that have so far remained elusive, while the U.S. supply response to lower prices might take longer to kick in than expected, it might also prove more abrupt.

  4. Northrop Frye:

    It is clear that all verbal structures with meaning are verbal imitations of that elusive psychological and physiological process known as thought, a process stumbling through emotional entanglements, sudden irrational convictions, involuntary gleams of insight, rationalized prejudices, and blocks of panic and inertia, finally to reach a completely incommunicable intuition.

  5. James Holmes:

    We are in a unique and unenviable position because we cry for James and we cry for thousands of people in Aurora, we cannot feel the depth of your pain. We can only listen to everything you have expressed, and we pray for you. We pray for your peace, your peace with the sentence. We pray for your ability to sleep at night, and your ability to find a single moment of happiness when that happiness seems completely elusive.

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