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3 definitions found
 for elusive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elusive \E*lu"sive\, a.
     Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly
     escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Elusive of the bridal day, she gives
           Fond hopes to all, and all with hopes deceives. --Pope.
     -- E*lu"sive*ly, adv. -- E*lu"sive*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  elusive
      adj 1: difficult to describe; "a haunting elusive odor"
      2: skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each
         more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline
      3: 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" [syn: elusive,
         subtle]
      4: 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" [syn: baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic,
         problematical, tough]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "elusive":
     baffling, cagey, elusory, evanescent, evasive, fleeting, fugitive,
     impalpable, imponderable, incomprehensible, indefinable,
     insubstantial, intangible, malingering, mysterious, phantom,
     shifty, shirking, slippery, transitory, tricky
  
  

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