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, slippery

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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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We will be surrounded by the consequences of our actions — thousands of tiny, resistant, evasive cockroaches, bed bugs, lice, houseflies and fleas. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 The mistake prompted emergency collision alerts in both cockpits and ground radars, and the Lion Air jet took evasive action. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash Puts Boeing’s Popular 737 Max in Spotlight," 29 Oct. 2018 Keith Elder, the tour bus driver took evasive action to avoid hitting the disabled car and its driver, who was ejected. Fox News, "3 people killed, 24 injured after multi-vehicle crash involving tour bus in New Mexico," 2 Oct. 2018 Theoretically, this item will provide players with more evasive and offensive maneuvers that are capable of providing quick exits, higher ground, or more pathways toward the enemy. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s rift-to-go patch hides a bunch of cool stuff," 23 Aug. 2018 During his second day on the stand in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Mr. Skelos was at times evasive or recalcitrant, pleading a faulty memory or sparring with prosecutors over diction. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "In Skelos Retrial, It’s His Word Against Theirs," 9 July 2018 Several legislators at the 90-minute session described Lewis as evasive and vague in answers to their questions about how the takeover would affect students and their families. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Lawmakers: Kentucky ed chief got 'testy' when grilled on JCPS takeover," 24 May 2018 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

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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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evasiveness noun

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