Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of evading.
  • n. A means of evading; a subterfuge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of evading or eluding; a getting away or out of the way; avoidance by artifice or strategy; artful escape or flight.
  • n. A means of avoidance or escape; an evasive or elusive contrivance; a subterfuge; a shift.
  • n. In fencing, the avoiding of a thrust by moving the body without changing the position of the feet. Rolando (ed. Forsyth).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the deliberate act of failing to pay money
  • n. the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
  • n. a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
  • n. nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do

Etymologies

Middle English evasioun, from Old French evasion, from Late Latin ēvāsiō, ēvāsiōn-, from Latin ēvāsus, past participle of ēvādere, to evade; see evade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin evasionem (accusative of evasio). (Wiktionary)

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