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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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 For decades, British authorities tolerated evasion of its trade laws through a combination of neglect, incompetence and corruption. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, "Breaking border laws is as American as it gets," 3 July 2018 Where Good Friday is essentially a day of mourning, Easter celebrates Jesus' evasion of death. refinery29.com, "This Is The Reason Why People Celebrate Easter," 27 Mar. 2018 And when researchers used genetic engineering to break the system in other hetero-resistant bacteria, the populations lost their mysterious antibiotic evasion. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug," 9 Mar. 2018 It’s far easier to imagine an even worse corruption of the status quo, built around the luxurious evasion of the anxiety of false influence. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "All Followers Are Fake Followers," 30 Jan. 2018 For example, there was the revelation that Paul Manafort, Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager now on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud, used to prance around in a $15,000 ostrich jacket, an item straight out of a Tom Wolfe novel. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Fake, Fake Disgusting News”," 5 Aug. 2018 Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy and tax evasion. San Diego Union-tribune, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cunningham sentenced," 4 Mar. 2018 The user’s development patterns appear to pay particular attention to AV evasion and alternative code execution techniques. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia was likely behind dangerous critical infrastructure attack, report says," 24 Oct. 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 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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