Elusive meaning

ĭ-lo͝osĭv, -zĭv
Hard to grasp or retain mentally; baffling.
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Difficult to define or describe.
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The definition of elusive is being difficult to grasp or retain.

An example of elusive is a difficult name to remember.

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The elusive criminal was arrested.

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A precise definition of diarrhea is elusive (Robbin's pathology, 8th ed)

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Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory.
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Tending to elude.
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Origin of elusive

  • From Latin ēlūsus past participle of ēlūdere to elude elude

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin elusus past participle of eludo (“to parry a blow, to deceive”)

    From Wiktionary