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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Other Words from evasive

evasively adverb
evasiveness noun

Examples of evasive in a Sentence

She gave an evasive answer. They took evasive action to avoid capture.
Recent Examples on the Web Twitter users, however, are giving evasive tactics a shot. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indian Twitter is offering tips to evade clampdown as the police face off with protesters," 19 Dec. 2019 Haya herself was vague and evasive when interviewed about the episode on Ireland’s RTE Radio in January 2019. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 11 Dec. 2019 When Green Destiny is stolen, Yu's detective work leads her to none other than the young girl, who proves to be an enormously skilled fighter trained in the ways of combat by the notorious but evasive Jade Fox. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon': THR's 2000 Review," 8 Dec. 2019 What's more, the agency concluded that Uber's engineers had programmed the car to only brake or take evasive maneuvers if its computer systems were highly confident that a collision was likely. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. Is Everywhere—But Where Is Human Judgment?," 12 Nov. 2019 The class action suit, served on the city last week, alleges that when Ben Smith tried to use sick leave in summer 2018, he repeatedly was refused and subjected to evasive, dismissive or intimidating questions. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "How a big paycheck led a high school lifeguard to sue St. Paul over sick leave," 10 June 2019 The relatives didn’t find Neta Mangum, but her car was parked outside, her purse was inside and Howard, a friend who was living in the apartment, was being evasive, the prosecution said. oregonlive, "Portland man who hid dead woman under pile of clothes and mattress gets 40 days in jail," 3 Dec. 2019 But things do slip through the cracks—including 18 apps that used evasive maneuvers to sneak past Apple’s defenses. Wired, "How 18 Malware Apps Snuck Into Apple's App Store," 25 Oct. 2019 Fast forward to a spiritless national campaign where Scheer has seemed evasive, stiff and downright cold at times. Paula Newton, CNN, "Justin Trudeau's main rival: An American with a bummer of a campaign," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of evasive

1637, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Evasive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evasive. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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