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

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 Antibody evasion, for instance, might be playing the more dominant role in helping the virus spread and sicken more people. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 Aug. 2022 Liu plans to further verify that this is an evasion tactic that other strains of staph use and to investigate how the bacterium is actually tricking our immune system. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 4 Aug. 2022 The prosecutors are reportedly seeking an eight-year sentence for the singer if she is convicted for alleged tax evasion of 14.5 million euros ($15 million), per Reuters. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 July 2022 In July 2021, a judge at a court near Barcelona ruled that the Colombian singer could stand trial for alleged tax evasion of 14.5 million euros ($17 million) in Spain. Claudia Rebaza, Al Goodman And Kelly Murray, CNN, 30 July 2022 Emirati state-run media said American authorities had requested the UAE’s help with an investigation into Ghafoor’s alleged tax evasion and suspicious money transfers in the Emirates. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 The Chrisley family is a united front as Todd and Julie Chrisley deal with the fallout of their bank fraud and tax evasion convictions. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2022 But the algorithm itself is designed to help the IRS calculate the tax gap and has nothing to do with the IRS suspecting tax evasion or fraud. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The possibility of reinfection and antibody evasion appear to be higher for these variants, however. Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 See More

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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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“Evasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evasion. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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