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[ih-vey-siv] /ɪˈveɪ sɪv/
tending or seeking to evade; characterized by evasion:
an evasive answer.
elusive or evanescent.
Origin of evasive
1715-25; evas(ion) + -ive
Related forms
evasively, adverb
evasiveness, noun
nonevasive, adjective
nonevasively, adverb
nonevasiveness, noun
unevasive, adjective
unevasively, adverb
unevasiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Investigators have struggled for years against the schistosome's evasiveness.
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  • 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.
  • Your evasiveness may be interpreted as an attempt to hide something.
  • His testimony was characterized by evasiveness and inconsistencies.
  • Given that information, the skilled polygrapher can redirect the interview in hopes of making evasiveness or deceit obvious.
  • Stay on the alert for any signs of evasiveness, unusual pauses, or even overly enthusiastic responses.
British Dictionary definitions for evasiveness


tending or seeking to evade; avoiding the issue; not straightforward
avoiding or seeking to avoid trouble or difficulties: to take evasive action
hard to catch or obtain; elusive
Derived Forms
evasively, adverb
evasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for evasiveness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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