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elusive

[ih-loo-siv] /ɪˈlu sɪv/
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-] /ɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; elus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
elusively, adverb
elusiveness, noun
nonelusive, adjective
nonelusively, adverb
nonelusiveness, noun
unelusive, adjective
unelusively, adverb
unelusiveness, noun
unelusory, adjective
Can be confused
elusive, illusory.
Synonyms
2. tricky, slippery, shifty; puzzling, baffling.
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British Dictionary definitions for elusory

elusory

/ɪˈluːsərɪ/
adjective
1.
avoiding the issue; evasive: elusory arguments
2.
difficult to grasp mentally; elusive: elusory ideas

elusive

/ɪˈluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
difficult to catch: an elusive thief
2.
preferring or living in solitude and anonymity
3.
difficult to remember: an elusive thought
Derived Forms
elusively, adverb
elusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for elusory

elusive

adj.

1719, from Latin elus-, past participle stem of eludere (see elude) + -ive. Related: Elusiveness.

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