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ELUSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elusive mean? 

ELUSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ELUSIVE has 3 senses:

1. difficult to describe
2. skillful at eluding capture
3. be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind

  Familiarity information: ELUSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELUSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1elusive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Difficult to describe

Context example:

a haunting elusive odor

Similar:

unidentifiable (impossible to identify)


Sense 2elusive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Skillful at eluding capture

Synonyms:

elusive; evasive

Context example:

a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist

Similar:

artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)


Sense 3elusive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind

Synonyms:

subtle; elusive

Context examples:

his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change / a subtle difference / that elusive thing the soul

Similar:

impalpable (imperceptible to the senses or the mind)


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