elusiveness elusiveness  /ɪ ˈlu sɪv nəs/


  • (n) the quality of being difficult to grasp or pin down


  1. Lennon loved language, the sounds and rhymes and elastic elusiveness of words, and, like a dandy with a lace handkerchief, he liked to keep a pun up his sleeve.
  2. Sitting in front of walls lined with maps and flat video screens, Rumsfeld marveled at the elusiveness of the quarry.
  3. The Zohar's elusiveness dates to its appearance in the Spanish region of Castile around 1280.


  • Matt Zoller Seitz on Mad Men Season 6: Everyone Gets Tired of Don, Including Don

    Mad Men’s elusiveness makes it a deeply frustrating, deeply satisfying show. It’s obvious in some ways and subtle in others. At times, it seems to practice a version of magician’s misdirection, convincing you that it’s up to only one thing when in fact it’s doing two or three other things ... More »        
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Vulture


  1. "I, obviously, appreciate his speed and his elusiveness, his versatility," Kaufman said. "He seems to be an athlete that not only is going to contribute in the running game but also in the passing game. So, there's great potential with this...
    on Jun 6, 2008 By: Napoleon Kaufman Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. Froch says "I always just work on what I do best, which is my fitness, speed and elusiveness. I acknowledge and recognize Mikkel Kessler is a tough fighter, very experienced and he means business."
    on Apr 22, 2010 By: Carl Froch Source: BoxingNews24.com

  3. "Mo has some elusiveness," Mitchell said. "Shaun has a little more creativity - sometimes good, sometimes bad. You have to take the bitter with the sweet."
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: Stump Mitchell Source: USA Today

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