evasive Definition

  • 1tending to avoid giving direct answers or clear statements; equivocal
  • 2deliberately vague or ambiguous

Using evasive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "evasive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The politician was evasive when asked about his stance on the issue.

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    She gave an evasive answer when questioned about her whereabouts.

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    The suspect was evasive during the interrogation.

evasive Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with evasive

  • an action taken to avoid something dangerous or harmful


    The pilot took evasive action to avoid a collision with another plane.

  • evasive maneuvers

    a series of movements made by a vehicle or person to avoid being hit or caught


    The police car made evasive maneuvers to avoid the oncoming traffic.

  • a driving technique used to avoid being followed or caught by another vehicle


    The spy used evasive driving to shake off the pursuers.

Origins of evasive

from Latin 'evadere', meaning 'to escape'


Summary: evasive in Brief

The term 'evasive' [ih-vey-siv] describes someone or something that avoids giving direct or clear answers, often being deliberately vague or ambiguous. It can be used to describe a person's behavior, such as a politician who is evasive when asked about their stance on an issue, or a suspect who is evasive during an interrogation. The term also extends to phrases like 'evasive action,' 'evasive maneuvers,' and 'evasive driving,' which denote actions taken to avoid danger or being caught.

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