elusive elusive  /ɪ ˈlu sɪv/


  1. (adj) skillful at eluding capture
  2. (adj) difficult to describe
  3. (adj) difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  4. (adj) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe


  1. The pilot who had parachuted into enemy territory remained elusive and the enemy patrols could never capture him.
  2. Seconds before the final whistle the home team got their elusive match winning goal.
  3. The elusive chimpanzee is now tracked by radio signals.


  1. Man Claims He Spotted Florida’s Elusive Skunk Ape

    A Florida man has come forward with video on YouTube claiming he has spotted the rare and elusive Skunk Ape on camera.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: CBS Miami

  2. Woman snaps picture of elusive wallaby

    For the first time in years, the elusive Hawaii wallaby has been spotted.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Hawaii News Now

  3. 'Skimmer' found at Broad Ripple ATM

    An elusive crime targeting your wallet is back in Indianapolis and police say it most likely never left. Read more at www.WISHTV.com
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WISH-TV Indianapolis


  1. "Paying for what you spend is basic common sense," Obama said. "Perhaps that's why, here in Washington, it's been so elusive."
    on Jun 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN International

  2. Gates called Iran "an ambitious and fanatical theocracy," and said he has yet to find "the elusive Iranian moderate," according to remarks prepared for delivery Monday at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
    on Oct 15, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "He frustrates a lot of defenses," Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini said. "You bring a bunch of guys, and he's able to create plays there. You drop a bunch of guys, and you may give him too much time. ...... He's elusive and he's strong. He's...
    on Oct 18, 2009 By: Eric Mangini Source: Canton Repository

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