Definition of evasive
: tending or intended to evade : equivocal evasive answers
Examples of evasive in a Sentence
She gave an evasive answer.
They took evasive action to avoid capture.
Recent Examples of evasive from the Web
Elizabeth was angry and evasive, but her parents finally got her passwords and soon discovered the truth.
Alvarez said Kubas drove directly in the path of an oncoming motorcycle, the driver of which was forced to take evasive actions so as not to crash into Kubas’ Corvette, Herrin said.
But buoyed by rising poll ratings — and the chance to make May look evasive —
Naharin generally refuses to analyze his work, and is famously evasive in interviews and audience Q. & A.s.
Kubiak, who has two years left on his contract, was evasive when asked Friday about his health and coaching future.
To avoid getting lost amid the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump drama, marketers launching new TV shows, books and movies are being forced to take evasive action.
That forced Van Riessen into some evasive action: via Deadspin Van Riessen ended up last in the heat—she later won another to advance to the next round—but this top-of-the-wall ride was a win on its own.
Fifty years after the start of the Cultural Revolution, the cemetery embodies China’s evasive reckoning with its legacy.
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First Known Use of evasive
EVASIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evasive for English Language Learners
: not honest or direct
: done to avoid harm, an accident, etc.
Legal Definition of evasive
: tending or intending to evade
Additional Notes on evasive
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.
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