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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
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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
Then came a little valley overgrown with the pale purple bloom of thistles and elusively haunted with their perfume.
I was endeavouring to gather the loose ends of many thoughts and memories which flitted elusively through my tired and overwrought brain.
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.
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 always ducks the obvious, loud, self-aggrandizing statement in favor of the quiet, inquisitive, other-focused, elusively self-concealing statement.
He is not purely a goal scorer and created havoc against England playing elusively in the hole behind prime striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Even more elusively, that much sought-after asymmetry occurred just once in every 10 million times in K-mesons.
Indeed, Bateman is only fleetingly and elusively autobiographical in these two books.
Scenes, images, and Holgate's thoughts are thrown together with only elusively discernible patterns, the language becomes more willfully disorienting, and by the end of the book it is difficult to feel the accumulation or closure that the book seems to be lurching toward in part 1.
Yet it remained intangible, completely invisible, hovering elusively before our eyes like a floater.
The mind's eye, which creates mental images of objects and scenes from the outside world, has winked elusively at scientists who have tried to trace its location in the brain-until now.