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evasive

[ih-vey-siv] /ɪˈveɪ sɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or seeking to evade; characterized by evasion:
an evasive answer.
2.
elusive or evanescent.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; evas(ion) + -ive
Related forms
evasively, adverb
evasiveness, noun
nonevasive, adjective
nonevasively, adverb
nonevasiveness, noun
unevasive, adjective
unevasively, adverb
unevasiveness, noun
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Examples from the web for evasive
  • But he was also long-winded and at times evasive.
  • The truth is sly, evasive; but the novelist closes in upon it with poetic precision to create a small, enigmatic work of art.
  • His art was certainly not evasive.
  • Please don't be evasive.
  • These are the type of evasive, lame arguments that don't hold water.
  • The passenger plane was forced to take emergency evasive actions.
  • There is no evasive middle ground.
  • The evasive responses of the candidates is the way they will treat voters.
  • The doctor was evasive.
  • When he talks onstage he's epigrammatic or evasive.
British Dictionary definitions for evasive

evasive

/ɪˈveɪsɪv/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
evasively, adverb
evasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for evasive
adj.

1725, from French évasif, from Latin evas-, past participle stem of evadere (see evasion). Related: Evasively; evasiveness.

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