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deceptive; misleading: an illusive alibi; false; unreal; imaginary: an illusive reference to ghosts and goblins
deceptive, misleading; of the nature of an illusion; unreal; false; imaginary; fancied: an illusive appearance of the deceased during a séance.
Not to be confused with:
elusive – hard to express: an elusive concept; cleverly evasive: an elusive con man; tricky, slippery, shifty, baffling
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|Adj.||1.||illusive - based on or having the nature of an illusion; "illusive hopes of finding a better job"; "Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy"|
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"
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1. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality:
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illusive[ɪˈluːsɪv] illusory [ɪˈluːsərɪ] ADJ → ilusorio
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
illusive[ɪˈluːsɪv] adj → illusoire
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
illusive[ɪˈluːsɪv] illusory [ɪˈluːsərɪ] adj → illusorio/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995