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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]


Difficult to describe

Context example:

a haunting elusive odor


unidentifiable (impossible to identify)

Sense 2elusive [BACK TO TOP]


Skillful at eluding capture


elusive; evasive

Context example:

a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist


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

Sense 3elusive [BACK TO TOP]


Be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind


subtle; elusive

Context examples:

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


impalpable (imperceptible to the senses or the mind)

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