il·​lu·​sive | \i-ˈlü-siv, -ziv\

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illusively adverb
illusiveness noun

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Along with always prepping the skin before makeup application, Erika also relies on one pretty genius process for finding the seemingly illusive perfect foundation match. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B’s Makeup Artist Shared Her Foundation Beauty Routine," 19 Sep. 2018 There are 6 colored light switches, and each one offers an illusive home upgrade. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "The Internet Cannot Agree On The Answer To This Light Switch Question," 27 July 2018 Greg McCown, a 42-year-old real estate salesperson, has been trying for seven whole years to photograph an incredibly illusive happenstance—lightning and rainbow in the same picture. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "This Stunning Photo Caught TWO Incredible Moments in Nature at the Same Time," 12 Aug. 2015 The black Plymouth hummed along the hot desert road with four good tires and much pavement to conquer, passing shepherds herding sheep towards an illusive oasis. Birmingham Magazine,, "Remember what's important during good times and bad," 19 May 2017 Years of investment manias and financial machinations that powered the job market have lost potency, exposing longstanding downsides of trade that had previously been masked by illusive prosperity. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "More Wealth, More Jobs, but Not for Everyone: What Fuels the Backlash on Trade," 28 Sep. 2016

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illusive was in 1606

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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