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
But their captain, who has averaged more than 24 goals a season in 10 years with the team, has remained elusive.
The housing market has shown signs of strength recently, but momentum remains elusive.
They’re elusive and hard to find and haven’t been thoroughly studied.
A plucky Polynesian teen and the hunt for elusive pocket monsters brought welcome relief to Hawaii in a year otherwise consumed with hardball presidential politics.
After Netflix launched in 130 countries this year, the question for many investors was how soon the company would gain entry to the giant untapped market that’s proved elusive: China.
With its multilayered textures and dense harmonic language, the music is hauntingly elusive, a quality conveyed in this teeming performance.
Only visible for roughly two weeks a year, cherry blossoms are an elusive (yet beautiful) sight.
As Western troops continue the long process of preparing for their December 2014 withdrawal, evidence of significant progress in Afghanistan remains elusive.
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Origin and Etymology of elusive
First Known Use: 1719
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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