Definition of evasion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈveɪʒ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of evading something: their adroit evasion of almost all questions
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  • Sound tax reforms entail effective broadening of the tax base at all levels of government, including through checking evasion and avoidance.
  • The office said bank secrecy did not stop the investigation of tax avoidance and evasion.
  • This exception does not apply to advice concerning listed transactions or dealing with the principal purpose of tax avoidance or evasion.
getting out of, finding a way round
informal ducking, the go-by
archaic bilking
1.1 [count noun] An indirect answer; a prevaricating excuse: the protestations and evasions of a witness
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  • Some Chinese history specialists were less inclined to make excuses for the evasions, however.
  • And with more questions being asked than ever before, democracy demands answers not evasions.
  • I gulped, and searched without success through my box of excuses, reasons and evasions.
British  humming and hawing
informal ducking, ducking the issue


Late Middle English (in the sense 'prevaricating excuse'): via Old French from Latin evasio(n-), from evadere (see evade).

Words that rhyme with evasion

abrasion, Australasian, equation, Eurasian, invasion, occasion, persuasion, pervasion, suasion, Vespasian

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