Definition of evasive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈveɪsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈveɪsɪv//
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  • not willing to give clear answers to a question synonym cagey evasive answers/comments/replies Tessa was evasive about why she had not been at home that night. John, normally so honest, was now being evasive in the extreme.
  • Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Latin evas- ‘evaded’ (from the verb evadere) + -ive.Extra examples He was very evasive with me. His reply was curiously evasive. She was a bit evasive on this point. They remained evasive over their plans.Idioms to act in order to avoid danger or an unpleasant situation The pilot had to take evasive action to avoid a mid-air collision.
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