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evasion

[ih-vey-zhuhn]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of escaping, avoiding, or shirking something: evasion of one's duty.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. physical or mental escape.
  5. an act or instance of violating the tax laws by failing or refusing to pay all or part of one's taxes.
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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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Related Words

prevarication, 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

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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.

  • "Certainly, madam," said the man, who felt the question too direct for evasion.


British Dictionary definitions for evasion

evasion

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

n.

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).

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