illusive

[ih-loo-siv]
adjective

Origin:
1670–80; illus(ory) + -ive

illusively, adverb
illusiveness, noun
nonillusive, adjective
nonillusively, adverb
nonillusiveness, noun
unillusive, adjective
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illusory or illusive (ɪˈluːsərɪ, ɪˈluːsɪv)
 
adj
producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal
 
usage  Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
 
illusive or illusive
 
adj
 
usage  Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
 
il'lusorily or illusive
 
adv
 
il'lusively or illusive
 
adv
 
il'lusoriness or illusive
 
n
 
il'lusiveness or illusive
 
n

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illusive
formed in English 1670s, from stem of illusion + -ive; cf. also illusory.
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Example sentences
The labs themselves are dealing more with the illusive future than the illustrious past, though.
Thus, time and space is both traversed instantaneously as the illusive tachyon particle.
Normalcy, peace, and well being are illusive for many.
The concept is simple, yet true confidence can be so illusive.
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