An example of elusive is a difficult name to remember.
- tending to elude
- hard to grasp or retain mentally; baffling
Origin of elusive; from 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 &emacron;l&umacron;sus, past participle of &emacron;l&umacron;dere, to elude; see elude.
(comparative more elusive, superlative most elusive)
From Latin elusus past participle of eludo (“to parry a blow, to deceive”)