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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 ?
She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting.
Pontellier, and he gave her evasive answers, framed so as to confirm her belief.
Many would have deemed it an impertinent one, and given an evasive reply; but such an idea never entered my head, and I gave a brief but plain statement of my mother's plans and prospects.
The whole world bloomed in a flush and tremor of maiden loveliness, instinct with all the evasive, fleeting charm of spring and girlhood and young morning.
Vanstone," answered this inveterately evasive and inveterately civil man.
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.
She hadn't any right to call me ugly and redheaded," retorted Anne, evasive and defiant.
Rhyme and metre and structure were serious enough in themselves, but there was, over and beyond them, an intangible and evasive something that he caught in all great poetry, but which he could not catch and imprison in his own.
Alban's misgivings were naturally encouraged by this evasive reply.
To this inquiry the girl returned the not uncommon, but rather evasive reply of 'I don't know; where do you come from?
Porlock, Watson, is a nom-de-plume, a mere identification mark; but behind it lies a shifty and evasive personality.
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.