- 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
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Related Wordsprevarication, slip, artifice, pretext, ditch, lie, trickery, routine, dodge, evasiveness, excuse, sophism, cunning, equivocation, shift, ruse, trick, stall, sophistry, quibble
Examples from the Web for evasion
Like any good suspense novelist, Shields is a master of evasion and sleight-of-hand.Carol Shields’s Tale Of Secondhand Life
October 26, 2014
In the roster of genius, evasion of worldly responsibility seems practically a fixed theme.Galileo's Test of Truth
February 15, 2013
The reference—and the evasion—spoke volumes about his condescending attitude toward women.Robert Shrum: Obama Had Everything On the Line and Delivered, While Romney Sputtered
October 17, 2012
Those, like Corder, who claim to have spoken to an operator, said they have been met with evasion.Two Companies Accused of Fleecing U.S. Troops
March 6, 2012
Why all this double talk and evasion about a hugely enjoyable foray into genre fiction?Can Pulp Win the Booker?
September 7, 2011
There is not a subterfuge or an evasion or a small mean deceit in her soul.Her Father's Daughter
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
"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
- 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 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).