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[ih-vey-zhuh n] /ɪˈveɪ ʒən/
an act or instance of escaping, avoiding, or shirking something:
evasion of one's duty.
the avoiding of an argument, accusation, question, or the like, as by a subterfuge:
The old political boss was notorious for his practice of evasion.
a means of evading; subterfuge; an excuse or trick to avoid or get around something:
Her polite agreement was an evasion concealing what she really felt.
physical or mental escape.
an act or instance of violating the tax laws by failing or refusing to pay all or part of one's taxes.
Origin of evasion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ēvāsiōn- (stem of ēvāsiō), equivalent to ēvās(us) (past participle of ēvādere to go out; see evade) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
evasional, adjective
nonevasion, noun
preevasion, noun
reevasion, noun
1. avoidance, dodging. 2. prevarication, equivocation, quibbling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evasion
  • All of these things are true, but they do not add up to tax evasion, or even tax avoidance.
  • The collection of this tax would be simple and far easier to control against fraud and evasion.
  • One accommodation had followed another, but time was not on the side of evasion.
  • While money laundering activity accounts for some of the cash drain, he believes tax evasion is the more common motive.
  • The grey economy, with its tax evasion and bribery, is another headache.
  • Of course, visions of floating state evasion cannot always be explained by a hankering for tax evasion.
  • The sum might be even higher: by simplifying collection, the change would cut down on chronic fraud and evasion.
  • All say the new tax will serve the common good by limiting scope for tax evasion.
  • He should now inherit daddy's seat-but he is being investigated for tax evasion.
  • Tax evasion remains high, but has been reduced, contributing to growth in tax collection.
British Dictionary definitions for evasion


the act of evading or escaping, esp from a distasteful duty, responsibility, etc, by trickery, cunning, or illegal means: tax evasion
trickery, cunning, or deception used to dodge a question, duty, etc; means of evading
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin ēvāsiō, from Latin ēvādere to go forth; see evade
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Word Origin and History for evasion

early 15c., from Middle French évasion and directly from Late Latin evasionem (nominative evasio) "a going out," from past participle stem of Latin evadere "to escape" (see evade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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