Definition of illusive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈluːsɪv/


chiefly literary
Deceptive; illusory: an illusive haven
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  • At this dream workshop in Pennsylvania, people learn how to remember, even influence those illusive nightly visions.
  • The Quebec circus troupe's touring Alegría, which has come to play in Calgary this month, is guaranteed to put you in a child-like state of awe and wonder at its physical feats and illusive imagery.


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin illusivus, from Latin illus- 'mocked', from the verb illudere (see illusion).

Words that rhyme with illusive

abusive, allusive, collusive, conclusive, conducive, delusive, diffusive, effusive, elusive, exclusive, inclusive, intrusive, obtrusive, preclusive, reclusive, seclusive

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