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Meaning & Definition of Elusive in English

English

Elusive

/ɪlusɪv/

adjective

1. Difficult to describe

  • "A haunting elusive odor"
    synonym:
  • elusive

2. Skillful at eluding capture

  • "A cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- david kline
    synonym:
  • elusive

3. Difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

  • "His whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"
  • "A subtle difference"
  • "That elusive thing the soul"
    synonym:
  • elusive
  • ,
  • subtle

4. Making great mental demands

  • Hard to comprehend or solve or believe
  • "A baffling problem"
  • "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"
  • "A problematic situation at home"
    synonym:
  • baffling
  • ,
  • elusive
  • ,
  • knotty
  • ,
  • problematic
  • ,
  • problematical
  • ,
  • tough