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 formse·va·sive·ly, adverbe·va·sive·ness, nounnon·e·va·sive, adjectivenon·e·va·sive·ly, adverbnon·e·va·sive·ness, nounun·e·va·sive, adjectiveun·e·va·sive·ly, adverbun·e·va·sive·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of evasive

Historical Examples of evasive

  • 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



tending or seeking to evade; avoiding the issue; not straightforward
avoiding or seeking to avoid trouble or difficultiesto take evasive action
hard to catch or obtain; elusive
Derived Formsevasively, adverbevasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for evasive

1725, from French évasif, from Latin evas-, past participle stem of evadere (see evasion). Related: Evasively; evasiveness.

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