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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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How to use elusive in a sentence?

  1. Gordon Wright Bates Jr.:

    Although the study adds considerable evidence to support lifestyle modifications and weight loss to optimize reproductive potential and the response to treatment, both of these remain elusive for many patients.

  2. Zhou Liang:

    Structured products could be quite tricky, you don't know how much you've paid for those expensive derivative transactions. The prospects of high returns, could be quite elusive.

  3. James Holmes:

    We are in a unique and unenviable position because we cry for James and we cry for thousands of people in Aurora, we cannot feel the depth of your pain. We can only listen to everything you have expressed, and we pray for you. We pray for your peace, your peace with the sentence. We pray for your ability to sleep at night, and your ability to find a single moment of happiness when that happiness seems completely elusive.

  4. Northrop Frye:

    It is clear that all verbal structures with meaning are verbal imitations of that elusive psychological and physiological process known as thought, a process stumbling through emotional entanglements, sudden irrational convictions, involuntary gleams of insight, rationalized prejudices, and blocks of panic and inertia, finally to reach a completely incommunicable intuition.

  5. Baroness Emma Orczy:

    We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.


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