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Synonyms for elusive
ɪˈlu sɪv; -sə ri, -zə-elu·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elusiveadjective

    difficult to describe

    "a haunting elusive odor"

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

    Antonyms:
    palpable, easy, tangible, identifiable, artless

  2. elusiveadjective

    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, subtleadjective

    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, toughadjective

    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  
  2. out of the grasp of

    happiness remains elusive until you look within.

    Submitted by dtravis on July 21, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. elusiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    evasive, ELUSORY

  2. elusiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    equivocating, shuffling, equivocatory

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How to use elusive in a sentence?

  1. Andreas Simic:

    Success can be elusive, sometimes disguising itself as repeated failures. But if you dig deeper you will see the crystals of its formation beginning to show, patience is the key to most successes.

  2. Mahatma Gandhi:

    In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

  3. Jimmy Bell:

    It’s such an elusive place to get to.

  4. The Times story:

    In New York, Searching for the Reclusive and Elusive Melania Trump.

  5. 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.


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