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elusive

adjective
     
e‧lu‧sive
1 an elusive person or animal is difficult to find or not often seen:
She managed to get an interview with that elusive man.
2 an elusive result is difficult to achieve:
She enjoys a firm reputation in this country but wider international success has been elusive.
3 an elusive idea or quality is difficult to describe or understand:
For me, the poem has an elusive quality.
elusively adverb
elusiveness noun [uncountable]

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