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illusive

[ih-loo-siv] /ɪˈlu sɪv/
adjective
1.
Origin of illusive
1670-1680
1670-80; illus(ory) + -ive
Related forms
illusively, adverb
illusiveness, noun
nonillusive, adjective
nonillusively, adverb
nonillusiveness, noun
unillusive, adjective
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illusory

/ɪˈluːsərɪ/
adjective
1.
producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal
Derived Forms
illusorily, illusively, adverb
illusoriness, illusiveness, noun
Usage note
Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
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Word Origin and History for illusive
adj.

"deceptive, illusory," formed in English 1670s, from stem of illusion + -ive; cf. also illusory.

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