What Are the Antonyms of the Word "elusive"?

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The word "elusive" has many antonyms, but most of them do not convey the exact opposite meaning the way an antonym should. Three words that reflect the opposing meaning of elusive well are "confronting," "encountering" and "facing." An exact antonym of elusive is "nonelusive;" however, this word is not often used in everyday language or writing.

Other words that are almost antonyms of elusive, but do not match as closely include "definite," "honest," "stable," "understandable," "inviting" and "attractive."

Elusive has four separate meanings. It usually describes something that is difficult to express or define, such as if a person were to say that an answer on a calculus test was elusive. Elusive also refers to things that are hard to find, such as a fisherman saying that trout were elusive during his last trip. The word elusive is also used when speaking of something that is intentionally hiding, such as an elusive fugitive. Something that is impossible to possess is also elusive, such as a person's dreams of stardom and fame.

It is difficult to find exact opposites of the word elusive because of the many shades of meaning that underlie it. Elusive can mean that something is ambiguous, puzzling and even shy. Other synonyms include the words tricky, volatile, shifty, sly and fleeting.

The word has three possible forms. "Elusive" is an adjective, "elusively" an adverb and "elusiveness" a noun. The antonym, "nonelusive," is an adjective, while "nonelusiveness" is a noun.