Definition of elusive
: tending to elude: such asa : tending to evade grasp or pursuit elusive preyb : hard to comprehend or definec : hard to isolate or identify
Examples of elusive in a Sentence
But for all their influence, D.C. lobbyists have failed to attain one elusive goal: public respect. —Franklin Foer, New Republic, 25 Mar. 2002
In truth, the ideal of wholly disinterested scholarship—in any field of research—will probably remain an elusive one. —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New York Times, 4 Apr. 1998
His meanings have been known to be elusive, which is why he appeals to pop cryptographers. —Sarah Vowell, GQ, November 1998
This boson is so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname: the God Particle. —Leon Lederman et al., The God Particle, 1993
The truth may prove elusive.
the giant squid is one of the ocean's most elusive inhabitants
Recent Examples of elusive from the Web
Mexican scientist Gustavo Cardenas and Jennifer Trickey, a researcher with Scripps, are using the devices to track populations and behaviors of the elusive cetaceans.
Getting to that point in negotiations with Democrats has proved elusive, however.
Shuaib, 23, just graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in computer science and wants that elusive work experience to get a start with the Cerners and Garmins of the world.
Australian media spent two weeks camped outside the villa, attempting to catch a glimpse of the elusive drug smuggler.
That means that justice for victims is often elusive, while the U.N. and troop-contributing nations can dodge blame when things go wrong.
Bonafide scripted success remain elusive... but possible.
Orange County, however, remains elusive to Pink Boots.
Despite a few hindrances, 2 Chainz's once-elusive Pretty Girls Like Trap Music album will arrive June 16.
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ELUSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elusive for English Language Learners
: hard to find or capture
: hard to understand, define, or remember
ELUSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of elusive for Students
1 : hard to find or capture elusive treasure an elusive thief
2 : hard to understand or define an elusive idea
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