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 But he's not been evasive when it was brought to light, and he's faced it squarely. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 Pence was not the only candidate to offer evasive answers, as Harris also sidestepped some questions during the debate. Grace Segers, CBS News, ""She never answered the question": Pence and Harris sidestep several questions at debate," 8 Oct. 2020 This weekend, the White House doctor, Sean Conley, was evasive about Trump’s condition but eventually admitted that the President had run a high fever and that his oxygen levels had dropped below the normal range. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Illness and the History of Presidential Health," 6 Oct. 2020 Trump entered the hospital Friday, after testing positive for COVID-19 at some previous time, which has been impossible to pin down due to the shifting nature of evasive answers given by his doctor and his staff. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Trump's 'Don't be afraid of COVID' tweet may be the most irresponsible one in history," 5 Oct. 2020 In addition to the murky timeline, Conley has been evasive on questions about Trump’s condition. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors still evasive on Trump’s health as he leaves hospital," 5 Oct. 2020 Warren, who maintained multiple times that the Big Ten’s decision would not be revisited, was evasive when asked what role Trump played in the conference’s decision to resume play during a press conference. cleveland, "Donald Trump said he helped bring back Big Ten football. It isn’t clear how," 16 Sep. 2020 For Syrians who want to resolve the conflict and move forward, the solution is so simple, yet so evasive: build an intellectual and political environment where dissent is tolerated and respected. Sam Sweeney, National Review, "The Zero-Sum Game of Syrian Politics," 6 Sep. 2020 First-year Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, after initially providing evasive answers regarding the Cornhuskers, wasn’t having any of Nebraska’s threats. oregonlive, "Nebraska may look to play football outside of the Big Ten Conference after fall football cancelled," 12 Aug. 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 30 Oct. 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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