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illusive

Syllabification: il·lu·sive
Pronunciation: /iˈlo͞osiv
 
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Definition of illusive in English:

adjective

chiefly literary
Deceptive; illusory: that illusive haven
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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