follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

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)
.
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for non-elusive

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for non-elusive
elusive
1719, from L. elus-, pp. stem of eludere (see elude) + -ive. Related: Elusiveness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for elusive

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for non

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with non-elusive