Definition of evasive in English:

evasive

Line breaks: eva|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪˈveɪsɪv
 
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adjective

Derivatives

evasively

adverb
More 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.

evasiveness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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