from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. evading capture, comprehension or remembrance
  • adj. rarely seen
  • adj. difficult to describe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eluding, or having a tendency to elude; hard to grasp or confine; slippery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin ēlūsus, past participle of ēlūdere, to elude; see elude.

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From Latin elusus past participle of eludo ("to parry a blow, to deceive")


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