What does the word illusive mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Illusively.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Illusiveness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Misleading; deceptive. illusory.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Illusoriness.

Usage examples for illusive

  1. Many of the causes of poverty and sin are illusive, indefinite qualities such as bad management, carelessness, laziness, extravagance, ignorance and bad judgment, which are exceedingly hard to remedy, but the liquor traffic is one of the things we can speak of definitely, and in removing it we are taking a step in the direction of giving everybody a fair start. – In Times Like These by Nellie L. McClung
  2. The young couple hoped that, this step being once irrevocably taken, forgiveness would follow, but this hope proved illusive. – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  3. The whole surface of the bay lay calm, save here and there where some chance movement of the air ruffled a tiny patch of water; or where, at the corners of the islands and in very narrow channels, the inward drawing of the tide marked long, curved lines and illusive circles on the oily sea. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham