evasion

[ ih-vey-zhuhn ]
/ ɪˈveɪ ʒən /

noun

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

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 formse·va·sion·al, adjectivenon·e·va·sion, nounpre·e·va·sion, nounre·e·va·sion, noun
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evasion

/ (ɪˈveɪʒən) /

noun

the act of evading or escaping, esp from a distasteful duty, responsibility, etc, by trickery, cunning, or illegal meanstax evasion
trickery, cunning, or deception used to dodge a question, duty, etc; means of evading

Word Origin for evasion

C15: from Late Latin ēvāsiō, from Latin ēvādere to go forth; see evade
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