English adjective: elusive
|1.||elusive difficult to describe|
|Samples||A haunting elusive odor.|
|2.||elusive skillful at eluding capture|
|Samples||A cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist.|
|3.||elusive difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze|
|Samples||His whole attitude had undergone a subtle change.|
A subtle difference.
That elusive thing the soul.
|4.||elusive making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe|
|Samples||A baffling problem.|
I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast.
A problematic situation at home.
|Synonyms||baffling, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough|