evasive


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e·va·sive

 (ĭ-vā′sĭv)
adj.
1. Inclined or intended to evade: took evasive action.
2. Intentionally vague or ambiguous; equivocal: an evasive statement.

e·va′sive·ly adv.
e·va′sive·ness n.

evasive

(ɪˈveɪsɪv)
adj
1. tending or seeking to evade; avoiding the issue; not straightforward
2. avoiding or seeking to avoid trouble or difficulties: to take evasive action.
3. hard to catch or obtain; elusive
eˈvasively adv
eˈvasiveness n

e•va•sive

(ɪˈveɪ sɪv)

adj.
tending or seeking to evade; characterized by evasion.
[1715–25]
e•va′sive•ly, adv.
e•va′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.evasive - deliberately vague or ambiguous; "his answers were brief, constrained and evasive"; "an evasive statement"
ambiguous, equivocal - open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question"
2.evasive - avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire; "pilots are taught to take evasive action"
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"

evasive

adjective
1. deceptive, misleading, indirect, cunning, slippery, tricky, shuffling, devious, oblique, shifty, cagey (informal), deceitful, dissembling, prevaricating, equivocating, sophistical, casuistic, casuistical He was evasive about the circumstances of their first meeting.
deceptive open, direct, straight, frank, straightforward, honest, candid, truthful, guileless, unequivocating
2. avoiding, escaping, circumventing Four high-flying warplanes had to take evasive action.

evasive

adjective
1. Characterized by or exhibiting evasion:
2. Deliberately ambiguous or vague:
Translations
تَهَرُّبي، تَمَلُّصيمُلْتَبِس، تَمَلُّصي
loîinnsem einkennist af undanbrögîum
ústupový

evasive

[ɪˈveɪzɪv] ADJ [answer, person] → evasivo
to be evasive (about sth)mostrarse evasivo (acerca de algo)
to take evasive action (Mil) → adoptar tácticas evasivas

evasive

[ɪˈveɪsɪv] adj
[person] → évasif/ive

evasive

adjausweichend; he was (very) evasiveer wich (dauernd) aus; they were evasive about itsie redeten drum herum; she was evasive about her intentionssie war ausweichend, was ihre Absichten betraf; to take evasive actionein Ausweichmanöver machen

evasive

[ɪˈveɪsɪv] adj (answer) → evasivo/a; (person) → sfuggente
to take evasive action → defilarsi

evade

(iˈveid) verb
to escape or avoid by eg trickery or skill.
eˈvasion (-ʒən) noun
eˈvasive (-siv) adjective
1. having the purpose of evading.
2. not frank and direct. He gave evasive answers.
eˈvasively adverb
eˈvasiveness noun
References in classic literature ?
Pontellier, and he gave her evasive answers, framed so as to confirm her belief.
It is unnecessary to dwell upon the evasive though polite manner with which the French general had eluded every attempt of Heyward to worm from him the purport of the communication he had proposed making, or on the decided, though still polished message, by which he now gave his enemy to understand, that, unless he chose to receive it in person, he should not receive it at all.
Isabella and he had had an hour's interview, during which he tried to elicit from her some sentiment of proper horror for Heathcliff's advances: but he could make nothing of her evasive replies, and was obliged to close the examination unsatisfactorily; adding, however, a solemn warning, that if she were so insane as to encourage that worthless suitor, it would dissolve all bonds of relationship between herself and him.
Vanstone," answered this inveterately evasive and inveterately civil man.
It will be well for me if I have no worse,” said the youth, dashing ahead with his horse, and putting an end to the evasive dialogue.
There seemed little dependence to be placed upon the promises of a loose adventurer of the kind, who was at the very time playing an evasive game with his former employers; who had already received two-thirds of his year's pay, and his rifle on his shoulder, his family and worldly fortunes at his heels, and the wild woods before him.
It was a dark-browed man who put the question; he had an evasive eye, which in the course of a dozen years had looked no mortal directly in the face.
It caused a sensation in the High Street--shopkeepers coming to their doors, people in the houses snatching up their hats to run out-- a stir at which he seemed strangely surprised at first, and then scared; but his only answer to the wondering questions was that startled and evasive, "For the present.
You may well ask that," replied Miss Bartlett, who was evidently interested, and had almost dropped her evasive manner.
Angel, in fact, rightly or wrongly (to adopt the safe phrase of evasive controversialists), preferred sermons in stones to sermons in churches and chapels on fine summer days.
The man certainly had an evasive manner and a smile which would have justified any jury in returning a verdict without leaving the box.
Where Katharine was simple, Cassandra was complex; where Katharine was solid and direct, Cassandra was vague and evasive.