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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Recent Examples on the Web Abramoff previously served four years in prison after being found guilty of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe a public official in 2006. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Jack Abramoff charged in cryptocurrency case," 25 June 2020 He was convicted of conspiracy, honest services mail fraud and tax evasion and was sentenced in September 2008 to four years in prison. Washington Post, "Lobbyist Abramoff charged in cryptocurrency fraud case," 25 June 2020 By combing through the documents Hubbell provided, prosecutors were able to find evidence to charge Hubbell with mail fraud and tax evasion. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules," 24 June 2020 Give yourself evasion options whenever possible and find ways to keep some safe distance between yourself and others on the road. Byron Wilson, Popular Science, "Ride safely with these essential motorcycle tips," 19 June 2020 Most violent crimes go unsolved and police mostly address nonviolent offenses, such as loitering, homelessness, and fare evasion. Tracey Ross, Essence, "The Abolitionist Project: Building Alternatives To Policing," 18 June 2020 The role of transit officers has morphed in the past few years and the agency decriminalized fare evasion, meaning offenders only are issued citations. oregonlive, "TriMet pledges to retain Transit Police, will spend $1.8 million on ‘community-based’ safety approaches," 17 June 2020 The two sides issued a joint announcement Monday, less than two weeks after ex-UAW President Gary Jones' guilty plea on conspiracy and tax evasion charges, about the meeting set for June 30 in Detroit. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. attorney, UAW president set meeting to root out corruption," 15 June 2020 Israeli top model Bar Refaeli signed a plea bargain agreement with authorities on Tuesday to settle a long-standing tax evasion case against her and her family. USA TODAY, "Israeli model Bar Refaeli to pay millions, mom to be jailed for tax evasion," 10 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Evasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evasion. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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