Definition of evasive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈvāsiv/


1Tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly: she was evasive about her phone number
More example sentences
  • When he brief the Subcommittee, his answers were both evasive and derisive.
  • Too many of Bermuda's journalists are poodles, too polite and deferential to get a straight answer from an evasive MP.
  • At Westminster, a series of written questions has produced singularly evasive answers.
1.1Directed toward avoidance or escape: they decided to take evasive action
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  • In the pursuit of this aim several attempts have to be made, which results in the surrounding traffic having to take evasive action.
  • On two occasions in the past fortnight I have had to take evasive action when children have either walked or run straight out in front of my car at the top of Kingshill.
  • A dozen people suffered minor injuries after a lorry jack-knifed on an icy M62 which caused cars to take evasive action.



Pronunciation: /əˈvāsivlē/
Example sentences
  • Plus I woke up at 5am again, and since sleep skittered evasively through the window and out into the gloomy morning, I surrendered to the inevitable, and sprang out of bed.
  • As I watched the Prime Minister evasively face a television audience days before the General Election, I became completely convinced that this was a man who had become a stranger from the truth.
  • ‘I didn't go and provoke this,’ he answers, somewhat evasively.


Pronunciation: /əˈvāsivnəs/
Example sentences
  • The previous papers were characterized by vagueness and evasiveness.
  • Iris' narrative is a long meditation on that fact but is complicated for the reader both by Iris' evasiveness about her own actions and motivations and by two other embedded stories within the general plot.
  • Such evasiveness not only works to the advantage of religious conservatives but hampers attempts to articulate a coherent religious left agenda.


Early 18th century: from Latin evas- 'evaded' (from the verb evadere) + -ive.

Words that rhyme with evasive

abrasive, invasive, persuasive, pervasive

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Syllabification: e·va·sive

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