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Wordnet 3.0


1. difficult to describe;
- Example: "a haunting elusive odor"

2. skillful at eluding capture;
- Example: "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline

3. difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze;
- Example: "his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"
- Example: "a subtle difference"
- Example: "that elusive thing the soul"
[syn: elusive, subtle]

4. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe;
- Example: "a baffling problem"
- Example: "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"
- Example: "a problematic situation at home"
[syn: baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Elusive \E*lu"sive\, a. Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious. [1913 Webster] Elusive of the bridal day, she gives Fond hopes to all, and all with hopes deceives. --Pope. -- E*lu"sive*ly, adv. -- E*lu"sive*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

21 Moby Thesaurus words for "elusive": baffling, cagey, elusory, evanescent, evasive, fleeting, fugitive, impalpable, imponderable, incomprehensible, indefinable, insubstantial, intangible, malingering, mysterious, phantom, shifty, shirking, slippery, transitory, tricky