Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English evasioun, from Old French evasion, from Late Latin ēvāsiō, ēvāsiōn-, from Latin ēvāsus, past participle of ēvādere, to evade; see evade.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin evasionem (accusative of evasio).

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