Definition of elusory in English:



  • Difficult to find, catch, or achieve; elusive.

    • ‘This freedom, however, proves even more elusory for them than it did for Easy Rider's protagonists, when the supply of dope dries up unexpectedly.’
    • ‘In this context, truth was elusory, and scepticism, cynicism, relativism and atheism were present under a veil of orthodoxy.’
    • ‘He must be one of the most elusory characters in Hollywood.’
    • ‘I felt I had truly come to know this contradictory and elusory person and came to have even greater respect for the sweep and magnificence of his achievements’
    • ‘In his latest essay, he grapples with the fact that those costs have become painfully evident, and the larger concerns of security, justice and freedom increasingly elusory.’
    ambiguous, baffling, puzzling, misleading, evasive, equivocal, deceptive
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Early 17th century: from medieval Latin elusorius, from Latin elus- ‘eluded’ (from the verb eludere).