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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
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 Unabridged
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  • He took care of Poseidon's sea-calves and was famous for his evasiveness.

  • Louise caught the hollowness, the evasiveness, of the explanation.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • That the pair had some deeply-laid scheme on hand I knew from their evasiveness.

    The Secrets of Potsdam William Le Queux
  • He talked freely, and all evidence of suspiciousness or evasiveness was absent.

  • The act of speaking in a round about way; particularly a studied indirectness or evasiveness of speech.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • Parker's manner had been evasive from the first, but at this the evasiveness became a highly concentrated unconcern.

    Stories of the Foot-hills Margaret Collier Graham
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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