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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Related Words for evasiveness

prevarication, tergiversation, equivocation

Examples from the Web for evasiveness

Contemporary Examples of evasiveness

Historical Examples of evasiveness

  • He took care of Poseidon's sea-calves and was famous for his evasiveness.

  • Louise caught the hollowness, the evasiveness, of the explanation.

    The Eddy

    Clarence L. Cullen

  • That the pair had some deeply-laid scheme on hand I knew from their evasiveness.

    The Secrets of Potsdam

    William Le Queux

  • He talked freely, and all evidence of suspiciousness or evasiveness was absent.

  • The act of speaking in a round about way; particularly a studied indirectness or evasiveness of speech.


    Elmer W. Cavins

British Dictionary definitions for evasiveness



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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