evasive

[ih-vey-siv]
adjective
1.
tending or seeking to evade; characterized by evasion: an evasive answer.
2.
elusive or evanescent.

Origin:
1715–25; evas(ion) + -ive

evasively, adverb
evasiveness, noun
nonevasive, adjective
nonevasively, adverb
nonevasiveness, noun
unevasive, adjective
unevasively, adverb
unevasiveness, noun
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evasive (ɪˈveɪsɪv)
 
adj
1.  tending or seeking to evade; avoiding the issue; not straightforward
2.  avoiding or seeking to avoid trouble or difficulties: to take evasive action
3.  hard to catch or obtain; elusive
 
e'vasively
 
adv
 
e'vasiveness
 
n

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evasive
1734, in reference to actions, utterances; from Fr. évasif, from L. evas-, pp. stem of evadere (see evasion). Related: Evasively; evasiveness
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Example sentences
Investigators have struggled for years against the schistosome's evasiveness.
The difficulty is coming up with a reliable system to measure evasiveness.
But this evasiveness fails to throw his biographer off the scent.
However, evasiveness does not serve to solve the problem and may no longer even
  be an option.
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