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Synonyms of elusive

Adjective


1. elusive, unidentifiable (vs. identifiable)

usage: difficult to describe; "a haunting elusive odor"

2. elusive, artful (vs. artless)

usage: skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline

3. elusive, subtle, impalpable (vs. palpable)

usage: difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze; "his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"

4. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough, difficult (vs. easy), hard

usage: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

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