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
Conservative Republican senators sounded a skeptical note about McConnell’s emerging plan, which could suggest that the 50 votes needed to pass the measure may be elusive.
As a company Handbag has a knack for the cutting and heartfelt, but that mix proves elusive here.
Judges for Love promises a wedding with a degree of personalization that is not available at the city clerk’s office, but also with a guarantee of legitimacy that can sometimes prove elusive.
And for Mosier, that’s meant that mentorship and guidance that can directly speak to his experience has been elusive.
So far, researchers have tried everything from gels to pills, but an effective, reliable male birth control remains elusive.
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.
READ MORE: How Noriega landed in a Miami jail after invasion By midday Wednesday, more than 20,000 American troops were in control of key Panamanian installations, but the ever-elusive Noriega was still at large.
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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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