evasion

noun

eva·​sion i-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce evasion (audio)
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1
: a means of evading : dodge
2
: the act or an instance of evading : escape
suspected of tax evasion

Examples of evasion in a Sentence

He was arrested for tax evasion. They came up with an evasion of the law to keep all the land for themselves. His reply was nothing but careful evasions.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, analysts say the profits that can be made from even the smallest evasion of sanctions against Russia are vast, because of the significant sums involved in trading a single oil tanker’s cargo. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Of course, the public also saw Sorrentino at his lowest when he was booked on tax evasion charges and sentenced to eight months in prison. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2024 The couple was cleared of their state tax evasion charge in Georgia in October 2019 but continued to face federal charges for allegedly evading federal taxes. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 In 1981, they were arrested on tax evasion charges. Penelope Green, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Although they were eventually cleared in the state’s tax evasion case, the federal government pursued its own investigation. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 The latest evasion of police custody comes after inmates in Pennsylvania and Arkansas briefly fled police custody in recent weeks before being captured. Paradise Afshar, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Cohen, who declined to comment, was sentenced to prison in late 2018 after pleading guilty to tax evasion, campaign finance charges and lying to Congress. Dave Collins The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 14 Dec. 2023 Cohen testified against Trump In December 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of evasion of personal income tax, making false statements to a bank, excessive campaign contribution, and causing an unlawful corporate contribution. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin evasion-, evasio, from Latin evadere to evade

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evasion was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Evasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evasion. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

evasion

noun
eva·​sion i-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce evasion (audio)
1
: a means of evading
2
: the act or an instance of evading : escape
tax evasion

Legal Definition

evasion

noun
eva·​sion i-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce evasion (audio)
1
: a means of evading
2
: the act or an instance of evading see also tax evasion

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