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Definition of evasive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not willing to give clear answers to a question synonym cagey
  2. 2 evasive answers/comments/replies Tess was evasive about why she had not been at home that night. John, normally so honest, was now being evasive in the extreme.
  3. Idioms
    take evasive action
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    to act in order to avoid danger or an unpleasant situation The pilot had to take evasive action to avoid a mid-air collision.
adverb “I'm not sure,” she replied evasively.
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noun [uncountable] Politicians are often accused of evasiveness.
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