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Definitions of elusive

  1. Elusiveness, elusory. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. Elusively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. difficult to describe; "a haunting elusive odor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Deceptive; hard to grasp; slippery. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Practising elusory or evasive arts. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Deceptive; using arts to escape. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for elusive

  1. Now, although we may have little control over this power that " has us," and although it may be as well to abandon oneself unreservedly to its influence, there can be little doubt as to its being the business of the artist to see to it that his talent be so developed, that he may prove a fit instrument for the expression of whatever it may be given him to express; while it must be left to his individual temperament to decide how far it is advisable to pursue any intellectual analysis of the elusive things that are the true matter of art. – The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed
  2. He had spent some months in the region, more to the advantage of the inhabitants than his own, for disease was far more wide spread than wealth, and the latter was extremely elusive even where it existed. – Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond by Harry A. Franck
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