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Synonyms for elusive
ɪˈlu sɪv; -sə ri, -zə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elusive(adj)

    difficult to describe

    "a haunting elusive odor"

    Synonyms:
    tough, knotty, problematical, subtle, baffling, problematic

    Antonyms:
    palpable, easy, tangible, identifiable, artless

  2. elusive(adj)

    skillful at eluding capture

    "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline

    Synonyms:
    tough, knotty, problematical, subtle, baffling, problematic

    Antonyms:
    palpable, artless, identifiable, tangible, easy

  3. elusive, subtle(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    pernicious, baffling, problematic, knotty, tough, insidious, subtle, problematical

    Antonyms:
    easy, identifiable, artless, tangible, palpable

  4. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    subtle, gnarled, involved, knotty, problematical, debatable, ruffianly, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, snarly, baffling, gnarly, hard, tangled, sturdy, knobbed, tough, knotted, tortuous, convoluted, snarled

    Antonyms:
    easy, palpable, tangible, identifiable, artless

Editors Contribution

  1. escapability

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. elusive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    evasive, ELUSORY

  2. elusive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    equivocating, shuffling, equivocatory

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