Illusive vs Elusive what difference

what is difference between Illusive and Elusive

English

Etymology

illusion +‎ -ive

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈluːsɪv/
  • Homophone: elusive

Adjective

illusive (comparative more illusive, superlative most illusive)

  1. Subject to or pertaining to an illusion, often used in the sense of an unrealistic expectation or an unreachable goal or outcome.
    Testing software completely is an illusive goal.
    • [] he could not catch the illusive thing that had sadly perplexed as well as elevated his spirit.

Usage notes

  • Often confused with elusive.

Synonyms

  • (pertaining to an illusion): illusory

Derived terms

  • illusively
  • illusiveness

Translations



English

Etymology

From Latin elusus past participle of eludo (to parry a blow, to deceive)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈluːsɪv/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /iˈluːsɪv/
  • Homophone: illusive

Adjective

elusive (comparative more elusive, superlative most elusive)

  1. Evading capture, comprehension or remembrance.
    The elusive criminal was arrested
  2. Difficult to make precise.
    A precise definition of diarrhea is elusive (Robbin’s pathology, 8th ed)
  3. Rarely seen.

Related terms

  • elude

Derived terms

  • elusively
  • elusiveness

Translations


Italian

Adjective

elusive

  1. feminine plural of elusivo

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