evasive

[ ih-vey-siv ]
/ ɪˈveɪ sɪv /

adjective

tending or seeking to evade; characterized by evasion: an evasive answer.
elusive or evanescent.

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Origin of evasive

First recorded in 1715–25; evas(ion) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for evasiveness

evasive
/ (ɪˈveɪsɪv) /

adjective

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 forms of evasive

evasively, adverbevasiveness, noun
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