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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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  • There is not a subterfuge or an evasion or a small mean deceit in her soul.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Mrs. Barnes' answer was evasive and Georgie noticed the evasion.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But your evasion gives me the answer that I lack—that and his lordship's face.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • "No, not yet," said Kellett, while his cheek flushed at the evasion he was practising.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • "Certainly, madam," said the man, who felt the question too direct for evasion.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
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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