ELUSORY

elusive

[ih-loo-siv]
adjective
1.
eluding clear perception or complete mental grasp; hard to express or define: an elusive concept.
2.
cleverly or skillfully evasive: a fish too elusive to catch.
Also, elusory [ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh-] .


Origin:
1710–20; elus(ion) + -ive

elusively, adverb
elusiveness, noun
nonelusive, adjective
nonelusively, adverb
nonelusiveness, noun
unelusive, adjective
unelusively, adverb
unelusiveness, noun
unelusory, adjective

elusive, illusory.


2. tricky, slippery, shifty; puzzling, baffling.
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elusive (ɪˈluːsɪv)
 
adj
1.  difficult to catch: an elusive thief
2.  preferring or living in solitude and anonymity
3.  difficult to remember: an elusive thought
 
 
e'lusively
 
adv
 
e'lusiveness
 
n

elusory (ɪˈluːsərɪ)
 
adj
1.  avoiding the issue; evasive: elusory arguments
2.  difficult to grasp mentally; elusive: elusory ideas

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elusive
1719, from L. elus-, pp. stem of eludere (see elude) + -ive. Related: Elusiveness.
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