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illusive

[ih-loo-siv] /ɪˈlu sɪv/
adjective
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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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  • Did it recall that fatal day, when on the field of battle, a rival banner had waved ever illusively; ever beyond his reach?

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The taunting “boo-hoos” and screams of delight from the bleachers were as demoralizing as the illusively daring runners.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
Word Origin and History for illusively

illusive

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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