evasion

noun
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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Even that was viewed as bullish by nonproliferation experts considering the scale of North Korea’s weapons program and its history of evasion and reluctance to allow verification of disarmament agreements. Washington Post, "Experts see risks in US plan to dismantle NKorea’s nukes," 3 July 2018 Even that was viewed as bullish by nonproliferation experts considering the scale of North Korea’s weapons program and its history of evasion and reluctance to allow verification of disarmament agreements. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Experts see risks in US plan to dismantle NKorea’s nukes," 2 July 2018 And Return In June of 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion and given a five-year sentence. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Trump Says He Might Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali. What Did Ali Do?," 8 June 2018 John and Theresa Kipilo, owners of the business, were convicted in El Dorado Superior Court of multiple counts of felony worker's compensation fraud and tax evasion. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Owners of Johnny Sparkles cleaning business convicted of fraud, tax evasion," 21 June 2018 Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee was convicted in 1996 of bribing politicians and in 2008 of tax evasion. David Volodzko, The New Republic, "The Corporate Gangs Who Could Profit From Trade With North Korea," 26 June 2018 In 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Trump Says He Might Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali. What Did Ali Do?," 8 June 2018 Courts rejected his arguments, judging him guilty of draft evasion. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Says He’s Considering Pardon for Muhammad Ali, Whose Conviction Was Thrown Out," 8 June 2018 Taffaro, 70, was convicted of six counts of tax evasion, five counts of filing a false tax return and one count of failing to file a tax return on Jan. 29. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Former JPSO Chief Deputy Craig Taffaro sentenced to 5 years probation for tax evasion," 4 Apr. 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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evasion

noun

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)

evasion

noun
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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