Definitions

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

  • adj. Inclined or intended to evade: took evasive action.
  • adj. Intentionally vague or ambiguous; equivocal: an evasive statement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to avoid speaking openly or making revelations about oneself.
  • adj. Directed towards avoidance or escape; evasive action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to evade, or marked by evasion; elusive; shuffling; avoiding by artifice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Using evasion or artifice to avoid; shuffling; equivocating.
  • Containing or characterized by evasion; artfully contrived for escape or elusion: as, an evasive answer; an evasive argument.
  • Escaping the grasp or observation; not easily seized or comprehended; faintly or indistinctly perceived; elusive; vanishing: as, an evasive thought or idea; evasive colors.

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

  • adj. avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire
  • adj. deliberately vague or ambiguous

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Examples

  • Grissom Machinery Co., for leaving essential words out of their paraphrase of a statute in a complaint, for what he called evasive or dishonest behavior in depositions and for maintaining an inapt claim long after they should have withdrawn it.

    Law.com - Newswire

  • District Court for the Northern District of Georgia rapped the plaintiffs lawyers and their client, North Carolina-based Costa & Grissom Machinery Co., for leaving essential words out of their paraphrase of a statute in a complaint, for what he called evasive or dishonest behavior in depositions and for maintaining an inapt claim long after they should have withdrawn it.

    Law.com - Newswire

  • Taking a comment out of context and calling it "evasive" is quote-mining.

    A New Book

  • Blathazar has signed on to adapt his film for a subtitle evasive North American audience.

    Row Three » Review: Ben X - Where Cinema is more than just $100 Million productions

  • Tuesday night at 7, after a nine-month hunt for a suspect they described as evasive and uncooperative, law enforcement agents from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested Monique Smith, 19, along Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In fairness, though, the repetition of the sounds makes Obama sound hesitant and evasive, which is unfair.

    "An aide to John McCain was suspended from the campaign today for blasting out an inflammatory video...."

  • A U.N. spokesman says the Iraqis sent a new letter to clarify an earlier one which the United States called evasive, but a senior administration official dismissed the new letter accusing Iraq of playing games of denial and deception.

    CNN Transcript Oct 12, 2002

  • It is more particularly for the sake of the concluding lines that I have quoted this passage; for evidently no portrait of Hawthorne at this period is at all exact which, fails to insist upon the constant struggle which must have gone on between his shyness and his desire to know something of life; between what may be called his evasive and his inquisitive tendencies.

    Hawthorne (English Men of Letters Series)

  • Cardinal Rigali initially responded to the February grand jury report with what critics called evasive language, saying there were no priests in active ministry "who have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Bonds was found guilty of obstruction in April for what prosecutors called his evasive response in 2003 before a federal grand jury.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

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