eva·sive | \i-ˈvā-siv, -ziv, ē-\

Definition of evasive 

: tending or intended to evade : equivocal evasive answers

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Other Words from evasive

evasively adverb
evasiveness noun

Synonyms for evasive


elusive, fugitive

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Examples of evasive in a Sentence

She gave an evasive answer. They took evasive action to avoid capture.

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James Hogan and Patri Friedman, who’d employed Gevers on the libertarian-city project, took to Medium to describe troubling patterns of evasive and unprofessional behavior. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 While seemingly trying to be forthright overall, Facebook was also evasive when responding to certain critical questions. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "In nearly 500 pages of answers, Facebook stonewalls some senators’ questions," 16 June 2018 This increases the survivability of the helicopter, which might give itself away by firing and need to take evasive action. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Hellfire Tank Killer Replacement Enters Production," 27 June 2018 The Camaro driver made some evasive maneuvers, but, to Skinner, this behavior did not qualify as probable cause for a traffic stop. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 The Post was suspicious of the attempt and conducted its own counter-sting by recording a meeting between a reporter and the Veritas representative, who became evasive when questioned. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Ohio teachers say Project Veritas targeting them with undercover videotape stings," 7 May 2018 The material is granular in places and sometimes evasive, and delivered no apparent bombshells. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Delivers 450-Page Homework Assignment to Congress," 11 June 2018 Of course, in every hearing since 1987, Senators have asked gotcha questions and nominees have given evasive answers. Jeffrey Rosen, WSJ, "What We Learn from Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings," 13 July 2018 Directors have had to unlearn all the old ways it was once done. Billowing drapery, the dimming of lights, a sudden curtain: that entire evasive language is old hat, as obsolete a thing now as barrel staves and buggy whips. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Fucking Men struggles with onstage intimacy realness," 11 July 2018

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1637, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of evasive

: not honest or direct

: done to avoid harm, an accident, etc.


eva·sive | \i-ˈvā-siv, -ziv \

Legal Definition of evasive 

: tending or intending to evade

Note: Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(a)(4), an evasive or incomplete answer to an interrogatory or to a question at a deposition is treated as a failure to answer and may be subject to an opponent's motion to compel an answer.

Other Words from evasive

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