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elusive
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difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
  • But he not only dreaded the effect of such extremities on their mutual life—he had a growing dread of Rosamond's quiet elusive obstinacy, which would not allow any assertion of power to be final; and again, she had touched him in a spot of keenest feeling by implying that she had been deluded with a false vision of happiness in marrying him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (23% in)

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