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 Trump last year pardoned Manafort, who had been convicted of bank fraud, tax evasion and illegally lobbying for Ukraine and had resisted cooperating with Mueller’s investigators. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 In May 2019, Singer pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, racketeering, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice, and admitted to working with over 750 families. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Khodorkovsky was exiled from Russia in 2013, after spending 10 years in prison for fraud, tax evasion and other economic crimes. NBC News, 28 Feb. 2021 The last time occurred in 2002 when Ohio Democratic Rep. Jim Traficant was expelled following his conviction on 10 counts, including bribery, conspiracy to defraud the United States, corruption, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, and racketeering. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2021 He also was involved in a case that led to a conviction and multibillion-dollar fine against Swiss bank UBS Group AG for tax evasion. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Economists and tax experts have long decried the complexity of the tax code as being inefficient, inequitable, and ripe with opportunities for evasion. Christopher Faricy, Fortune, 20 May 2021 Rubell and his partner Ian Schrager spent 13 months in jail for tax evasion, selling the nightclub on their release in 1981. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 17 May 2021 Instead, the transportation authority plans to use federal COVID relief funds to expand its MTA police force, made up of officers under its own control who deal with fare evasion and worker assaults. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 10 May 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Evasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evasion. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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