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Definition 1: skillful at eluding capture - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elusive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist

(elusive is similar to ...) marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

"the artful dodger" "an artful choice of metaphors"

Definition 2: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elusive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a baffling problem
  • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
  • a problematic situation at home

Synonyms for elusive in the sense of this definition

(elusive is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Definition 3: difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elusive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change
  • a subtle difference
  • that elusive thing the soul

Synonyms for elusive in the sense of this definition

(elusive is similar to ...) imperceptible to the senses or the mind

"an impalpable cloud" "impalpable shadows" "impalpable distinctions" "as impalpable as a dream"

Definition 4: difficult to describe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elusive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a haunting elusive odor

(elusive is similar to ...) impossible to identify

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