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 (ĭ-lo͞o′sĭv, -zĭv)
1. Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory: "an invisible cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist [himself]" (David Kline).
2. Difficult to define or describe: "Failures are more finely etched in our minds than triumphs, and success is an elusive, if not mythic, goal in our demanding society" (Hugh Drummond).

[From Latin ēlūsus, past participle of ēlūdere, to elude; see elude.]

e·lu′sive·ly adv.
e·lu′sive·ness n.


[ɪˈluːsɪvlɪ] ADV to behave elusivelycomportarse de manera esquiva
... he said elusively... dijo, esquivo, ... dijo, mostrándose esquivo


adv (+adj) → auf undefinierbare Art; (+vb) → undefinierbar; answerausweichend
References in classic literature ?
For these two men had SEEN her, while to me she was only being "presented," elusively, in vanishing words, in the shifting tones of an unfamiliar voice.
He was a man not merely religious, but devout; a firm believer--not as the phrase is now elusively construed by theological thimble-riggers in the Church and out of it, but in the old and ardent sense of the Evangelical school: one who could
I was endeavouring to gather the loose ends of many thoughts and memories which flitted elusively through my tired and overwrought brain.
Then came a little valley overgrown with the pale purple bloom of thistles and elusively haunted with their perfume.
Yet did it quiver under the finger-tip caress in rhythmic vibrations that became whisperings and rustlings and mutterings of sound--but of sound so different; so elusively thin that it was shimmeringly sibilant; so mellow that it was maddening sweet, piping like an elfin horn, which last was just what Bassett decided would be like a peal from some bell of the gods reaching earthward from across space.
THE Dead Canary - known elusively as TDC on Facebook and Twitter - has been Cardiff's worst kept secret as it teased locals over the launch of its new cocktail bar in Cardiff.
But Mukulu has always elusively travelled between Kenya and Uganda," stresses Among.
14) He knew that there was something elusively Romantic at the heart of this approach, yet was confident that it neared the spirit of actual life in a way that other ideas did not.
Also on show is Mazen Shandab's nonfiction work "ISIS: Its Essence, Emergence, Terrorism, Goals and Strategy" and Nasser Zeidan's more elusively titled "Hot Arab and International Topics.
The World Bank's vice president for Asia, Jim Adams, elusively commented that the agreement is intended to make China "become part of the global donor system.
This makes Bengston's art at once instantly recognizable and elusively uncategorizable.
Palestinians are framed as having the ability to choose whether they are a threat to Israel, and thus deserving of death, or not, and thus deserving of continued colonization clothed in the rubric of "ceasefire" or, even more elusively, "peace.