eva·​sive | \ i-ˈvā-siv How to pronounce evasive (audio) , -ziv, ē- \

Definition of evasive

: tending or intended to evade : equivocal evasive answers

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evasively adverb
evasiveness noun

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Examples of evasive in a Sentence

She gave an evasive answer. They took evasive action to avoid capture.
Recent Examples on the Web Some economists faulted the phrasing as too evasive. Author: Christopher Rugaber, Martin Crutsinger, Anchorage Daily News, "Fed keeps rate near zero and sees brighter economy in 2021," 17 Dec. 2020 Despite the evasive maneuver, the drone stuck the helicopter, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Feds charge Hollywood man after drone collides with LAPD helicopter," 19 Nov. 2020 Roberts got his fourth touchdown on an evasive 23-yard dash to the end zone. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Aledo downs Frisco in quarterfinals behind RB DeMarco Roberts’ dominant rushing performance," 24 Dec. 2020 Maybe this move will become the new normal in a Call of Duty world that Shotzzy continues to pioneer with his evasive, disruptive movement. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘The movement is crazy’: How the Empire’s ‘Shotzzy’ taught me Cold War’s seldom used slide-cancel trick," 9 Dec. 2020 Two weeks ago, coach Matt Nagy remained evasive and aloof when asked for an update on Whitehair’s health and status. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Cody Whitehair remains vague about his COVID-19 experience but is happy to be back with the Chicago Bears," 25 Nov. 2020 The evasive animals live on craggy cliffs and in remote canyons, which are largely inaccessible to humans. Outdoor Life, "National Parks Service Increasingly Calls on Hunters to Help Cull Non-Native Bison, Mountain Goats," 24 Nov. 2020 The Washington Post was similarly both effusive and evasive in their own endorsement of Biden last Monday. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Newspaper Endorsements: A Pointless Ritual," 7 Oct. 2020 Conley had been criticized for being evasive on questions about Trump's oxygen use and the confusion remains over when Trump last tested negative. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Pence | < insert plexiglass > | Harris," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of evasive

1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Evasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evasive. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce evasive (audio) \

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

evasively adverb
evasiveness noun

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