eva·​sion | \ i-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce evasion (audio) , ē-\

Definition of evasion

1 : a means of evading : dodge
2 : the act or an instance of evading : escape suspected of tax evasion

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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.
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Like Al Capone, who got nabbed for tax evasion, you got nailed for small stuff. Dallas News, "Did you hear about the former mayor who mailed a dishonest political hit piece? He’s fined $5,000," 12 July 2019 He was tried for tax evasion and sentenced to nine years. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Human-Rights Leader," 11 July 2019 Zucman is also a specialist in tracking tax evasion by the ultra wealthy, suggesting that high-end estimates of inequality may even be too low. Matthew Zeitlin, Vox, "Can Elizabeth Warren build a bigger welfare state without taxing the middle class?," 2 July 2019 Even as violent crime dropped to historic lows not seen since the 1950s, the former district attorney, Richard A. Brown had continued to prosecute minor crimes like marijuana offenses and fare evasion. New York Times, "Queens D.A. Primary Too Close to Call, as Cabán Narrowly Leads Katz," 25 June 2019 Anti-corruption activists allege that the three jurisdictions dotted around Britain’s coastline, known as the Crown Dependencies, are hotbeds for financial crime and tax evasion. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "A British tax haven is returning a Nigerian dictator’s $270 million to his country," 25 June 2019 Differences in rates of return in various countries correlated to other proxies of honesty, such as measures of public corruption and tax evasion. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "“Missing” Wallets with More Cash Are More Likely to Be Returned," 20 June 2019 That is because of plans by some states to prosecute former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under their own tax evasion laws should President Donald Trump pardon Manafort on his federal convictions. al.com, "Supreme Court rules in Alabama double jeopardy case with possible Manafort ramifications," 17 June 2019 Kitschy festivals and celebrations marking the area’s colonial history, while perhaps well-intended, now seem shocking in their erasures and evasions. Siddhartha Mahanta, The New York Review of Books, "One Man’s Quest for a Memorial to Sugar Land’s Bitter History," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of evasion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for evasion

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

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English Language Learners Definition of evasion

: the act of avoiding something that you do not want to do or deal with : the act of evading something
: a way of avoiding something
: a statement or action that avoids directly dealing with something (such as a difficult problem or question)


eva·​sion | \ i-ˈvā-zhən How to pronounce evasion (audio) \

Legal Definition of evasion

1 : a means of evading
2 : the act or an instance of evading — see also tax evasion

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