eva·​sion | \i-ˈvā-zhən, 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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When President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager went on trial this summer for bank fraud and tax evasion, his huge clothing bills were cited by prosecutors as evidence of the lobbyist’s decadence and dishonesty. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 Cohen, of course, pleaded guilty last week to bank fraud, tax evasion and campaign finance violations related to hush money payments to two women making accusations against Trump. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Why CNN is standing by a Michael Cohen story that his lawyer calls false," 29 Aug. 2018 Robinson, a Democrat who served in Alabama's House of Representatives from 1998 to 2016, pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of conspiracy, bribery, fraud, and tax evasion. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Coal company executive and lawyer convicted of bribing Alabama lawmaker [Updated]," 24 July 2018 Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges including tax evasion and bank fraud stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Fox News, "Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to charges in Russia probe," 2 Oct. 2018 Per the postings left in the place of the subreddits, MDE and ChadRight were banned for violating the forum’s violent speech guidelines, while BSS was taken offline for ban evasion. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Reddit’s QAnon ban points to how it’s tracking toxic communities," 12 Sep. 2018 Other charges included tax evasion and making false statements to a bank. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme," 21 Aug. 2018 The authorities managed to finally take him down not for any of his violent crimes as the most famous mobster in America, but for tax evasion. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump tried to defend Paul Manafort by ... comparing him to Al Capone," 1 Aug. 2018 Donovan is set to face off against Grimm, who went to jail for tax evasion, in the June 26 primary. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Trump endorses Rep. Dan Donovan for re-election over Michael Grimm," 30 May 2018

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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 \

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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