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

Definition of evasive

: tending or intended to evade : equivocal evasive answers

Other Words from evasive

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 Shea likes Beth, although the older woman appears cold and evasive. Sun Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Julia expands the canon, treating professional gratification as the most evasive pleasure of all. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 Beckwitt was evasive in his answers, raising suspicions. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Notably, the new Omicron variant that is currently surging worldwide has been evasive with regards to mAB treatment. Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The safest way to play is to add the optional $1950 Driver Assistant Package Plus, which adds over 10 extra assistant features like adaptive cruise control, active speed-limit assist, and evasive steering assist. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2021 Many of Judge Jackson’s responses have been evasive and unclear. ABC News, 27 Mar. 2022 Since then, steps in Ukraine have been taken to minimize the evasive protocols of transgender people. Anna Conkling, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2022 Askew opened the personal 6-0 scoring spree with an evasive spin and push-shot finish in the lane over Baylor forward Matthew Mayer. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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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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