elusive

Things that are elusive are hard to find, pin down, or remember. They slip right out of your grasp.

Ever try to catch a mouse? It's not easy, because mice are quick and elusive — they're tough to catch. Rabbits are speedy, so they're elusive too. Also, things that are tough to understand or describe are elusive — like the concepts of love and beauty. If you had an idea and then forgot it, the idea is elusive: it slipped away. Anything you can't get hold of, with your hands or with your brain, is elusive.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: elusive

1
adj
skillful at eluding capture
2
adj
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
3
adj
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: elusive
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adj skillful at eluding capture

“"a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline”
Synonyms
artful
marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
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adj difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

“that elusive thing the soul”
Synonyms:
subtle
impalpable
imperceptible to the senses or the mind

adj difficult to describe

“a haunting elusive odor”
Synonyms
unidentifiable
impossible to identify
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adj making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

Synonyms:
baffling, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
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