[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for evasiveness


/ (ɪˈveɪsɪv) /


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 evasiveness



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

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