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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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  • It is as clear to me as it must be clear to him that he is risking his life even by talking evasively.
  • Must be skilled at driving and maneuvering a motor vehicle defensively or evasively in a variety of situations at various speeds.
  • Offshore killer whales are shyer, moving evasively and unpredictably when approach by boats, she explained.
  • We are not convinced that maintaining one's innocence can be construed as answering evasively.
British Dictionary definitions for evasively

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 evasively

evasive

adj.

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

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