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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Manafort also faces a separate indictment in Virginia that accuses him of several counts of tax evasion and bank fraud. Eric Tucker And Chad Day, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Trump campaign chairman asks judge to dismiss charges," 14 Mar. 2018 Ribery repaid Hoeness’ support later that year by visiting the Bayern president in prison after he was convicted of tax evasion. Ciaran Fahey, The Seattle Times, "Ribery’s presumed farewell proving difficult for Bayern," 7 Jan. 2019 The common practice of tax evasion by China’s top celebrities has become a crime worth months of detainment and costly fines. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 The conviction was overturned in 1996, but a federal tax-evasion case the following year resulted in a 20-month stint in a California prison. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss claims Charlie Sheen spent '$300,000 or $400,000' on escorts," 8 June 2018 Bay Area FasTrak says 368,600 toll-evasion notices were issued last month throughout the nine-county region. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Thanks to FasTrak, I could relax at home while also breaking the law hundreds of miles away," 25 May 2018 Another client of Swiss financial adviser Beda Singenberger, whose accidental mailing of a list of his American clients helped federal prosecutors build dozens of tax-evasion cases, has been nabbed by the government. Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg.com, "Manhattan Art Consultant Pleads Guilty to Stashing Cash Abroad," 10 May 2018 In 1983, authorities in North Dakota tried to arrest a Posse acolyte named Gordon Kahl, a mechanic who had violated probation in a tax-evasion case, and two U.S. marshals died in the ensuing standoff. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Renegade Sheriffs," 23 Apr. 2018 In December, Canadian authorities arrested its CFO on charges relating to evasion of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Apple Loses Ground to Huawei as China Shipments Slump 20%," 12 Feb. 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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