evasive

adjective eva·sive \ i-ˈvā-siv , -ziv , ē- \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of evasive

: tending or intended to evade : equivocal
  • evasive answers

evasively

adverb

evasiveness

noun

Examples of evasive in a Sentence

  1. She gave an evasive answer.

  2. They took evasive action to avoid capture.

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EVASIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of evasive for English Language Learners

  • : not honest or direct

  • : done to avoid harm, an accident, etc.


Law Dictionary

evasive

adjective 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.

evasively

adverb

evasiveness

noun


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