American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory: "an invisible cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist [himself]” ( David Kline).
- adj. Difficult to define or describe: "Failures are more finely etched in our minds than triumphs, and success is an elusive, if not mythic, goal in our demanding society” ( Hugh Drummond).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Eluding, or having a tendency to elude; hard to grasp or confine; slippery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious.
- adj. difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
- adj. skillful at eluding capture
- adj. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
- adj. difficult to describe
- From Latin elusus past participle of eludo ("to parry a blow, to deceive") (Wiktionary)
- From Latin ēlūsus, past participle of ēlūdere, to elude; see elude. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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