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English adjective: elusive

1. elusive difficult to describe


SamplesA haunting elusive odor.


Similarunidentifiable


Antonymsidentifiable

2. elusive skillful at eluding capture


SamplesA cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist.


Similarartful


Antonymsartless

3. elusive difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze


SamplesHis whole attitude had undergone a subtle change.
A subtle difference.
That elusive thing the soul.


Synonymssubtle


Similarimpalpable


Antonymspalpable, tangible

4. elusive making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe


SamplesA baffling problem.
I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast.
A problematic situation at home.


Synonymsbaffling, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough


Similardifficult, hard


Antonymseasy









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