Definition of elusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//iˈluːsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//iˈluːsɪv//
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difficult to find, define or achieve Eric, as elusive as ever, was nowhere to be found. the elusive concept of ‘literature’ A solution to the problem of toxic waste is proving elusive. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Latin elus- ‘eluded’ (from the verb eludere) + -ive.Extra examples Further movie roles have proved somewhat elusive for the young actor. He was searching for the ever elusive ‘perfect job’. Sleep was strangely elusive. The murderer remained frustratingly elusive. Truth is a notoriously elusive quality.
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