elusive

Part of speech: adverb

Elusively.

Part of speech: adjective

Tending to slip away or escape.

Part of speech: noun

Elusiveness, elusory.

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Usage examples "elusive":

  1. Tell him, I pray you, that the elusive Pimpernel whom he knows so well never assumes a fanciful disguise. - "The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel", Baroness Orczy.
  2. " He believes in doing his work thoroughly, I suppose," she remarked, lifting her eyes to Dunn's with a look in them that was partly questioning and partly puzzled and wholly elusive. - "The Bittermeads Mystery", E. R. Punshon.
  3. You see, now that we have you, Lady Blakeney, and citizen St. Just with us we have no reason to fear that that elusive Pimpernel will spirit himself away. - "El Dorado", Baroness Orczy.