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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 of evasive
1715-1725
First recorded in 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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  • Even Aunt Clara noticed it, and had to be put off with evasive reasons.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Mrs. Barnes' answer was evasive and Georgie noticed the evasion.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The soldier made some evasive response to this raillery and then became silent.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • I tried to approach him concerning it, but he was evasive, and put me off, laughingly.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • For days his eyes had been furtive and evasive, but now at last they were steady.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
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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