evasive answer

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Noun1.evasive answer - (law) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint
answer - the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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At first he returned an evasive answer, but on being pressed, he acknowledged, with great apparent reluctance, that Miss Halcombe was by no means so well as he had hitherto represented her to be.
I returned an evasive answer, and left him the picture of ghastly despair.
Pontellier, and he gave her evasive answers, framed so as to confirm her belief.
Begin gave him an evasive answer, claiming that Israel was not helping South Africa develop nuclear weapons.
She replied she hadn't decided and was busy "governing" - as safe and as evasive answer as a politician can give.
It's the journalistic frustration borne of putting a plain, straightforward question and getting an evasive answer that fails to touch on any of the original points raised.
Asked about the war of words which developed between himself and Garcia over the final two days at Sawgrass, Woods gave a typically short, evasive answer in his official press conference.
It was a weak and evasive answer reminiscent of Ann Romney awkwardly squealing "I love women" during the Republican National Convention (the campaign's big appeal to female voters during the RNC).
An evasive answer followed and Judge Casey asked again, "You don't find any dual responsibility; your obligation is only to the woman?
He wonders if he could have told them about his guilt and shame, and desire to become Americanized, but gives an evasive answer, I just didn't want to burden you with all the tragic history.
He gave an evasive answer saying it is controversial issue and so far no consensus is made.
Visibly shaken, the future president nervously referred to Goltz by his first name and eventually gave an evasive answer.