An example of elusive is a difficult name to remember.
- tending to elude
- hard to grasp or retain mentally; baffling
Origin of elusivefrom Classical Latin elusus (see elusion) + -ive
- Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory: “an invisible cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist [himself]” ( David Kline )
- 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 )
Origin of elusiveFrom Latin ēlūsus past participle of ēlūdere to elude ; see elude .
(comparative more elusive, superlative most elusive)
From Latin elusus past participle of eludo (“to parry a blow, to deceive”)