elusive, illusory
The confusion here has been greatly reduced by the virtual disappearance from the scene of the forms elusory and illusive. This leaves elusive as the adjective from elude, meaning ‘difficult to grasp (physically or mentally)’, and illusory as the adjective corresponding to illusion, meaning ‘deceptive, not real or actual’. Examples of each:

• Preparations are now complete and they set off in a few days' time to try and capture that elusive denizen of the deep —the Loch Ness Monster —Stornoway Gazette, 1971

• The notion that Britain has suddenly been rendered entirely ‘safe’ or ‘secure’ is illusory —Times, 2005.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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