Definition of evasive in English:



  • 1Tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly.

    ‘she was evasive about her phone number’
    • ‘If the employer omits to reply, or is evasive or equivocal, the tribunal is entitled to make any inference it considers just and equitable.’
    • ‘If this week's world appears frustratingly elusive or evasive, you're not wrong.’
    • ‘Stephane appears genuinely interested in her music, although he is evasive and vague.’
    • ‘He is evasive and answers the most simple questions with long winded often irrelevant explanations.’
    • ‘Failure to answer, or providing evasive answers will count against the employer in a tribunal.’
    • ‘At Westminster, a series of written questions has produced singularly evasive answers.’
    • ‘My evasive answer didn't seem to satisfy him and he kept his grip on my arm.’
    • ‘Yes, I'm wondering how he plans to win the public's trust when he is so evasive in answering questions.’
    • ‘If this seems frustratingly elusive or evasive, remember the truth is always relative’
    • ‘Regulations that limit choice or impose costs on people invite evasive responses as much as compliant ones, sometimes more so.’
    • ‘The same evasive response comes from the authorities nearer the ground.’
    • ‘When he brief the Subcommittee, his answers were both evasive and derisive.’
    • ‘After a few months of evasive answers, they had all but given up.’
    • ‘Why will nobody answer her phone calls, and what has the evasive photographer Bruno got to hide?’
    • ‘The most simple of questions elicited a long, complex and essentially evasive response in many, many instances.’
    • ‘He was boring, which is fine, but more seriously, he didn't know what he was talking about and he gave evasive answers.’
    • ‘Not in the mood to be evasive or cryptic, she turned back to him, eyes glowing in the sun.’
    • ‘The responses were less than evasive and way more engaging, to say the least.’
    • ‘Too many of Bermuda's journalists are poodles, too polite and deferential to get a straight answer from an evasive MP.’
    • ‘Suzie takes the opportunity to ask him just what he is and in spite of his slippery, evasive answer, she does tell him to leave.’
    prevaricating, elusive, ambiguous, equivocal, equivocating, indefinite, non-committal, vague, indeterminate, imprecise, inexact, indistinct, inexplicit
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    1. 1.1 Directed toward avoidance or escape.
      ‘they decided to take evasive action’
      • ‘He held the gun with his arms outstretched in front of his chest, causing drivers to take evasive action.’
      • ‘They tend to be immature, moody, self-centered and evasive of responsibility.’
      • ‘He was also oblivious to the fact other drivers took evasive action to avoid colliding with the rear of his slowly moving vehicle.’
      • ‘In the pursuit of this aim several attempts have to be made, which results in the surrounding traffic having to take evasive action.’
      • ‘Singletons living the good life may one day be forced to move back home with mum and dad unless they take evasive action now, a report warns.’
      • ‘Awareness of double standards in the adult population causes teenagers to be evasive in their commitments.’
      • ‘On two occasions in the past fortnight I have had to take evasive action when children have either walked or run straight out in front of my car at the top of Kingshill.’
      • ‘These spikes of energy, called action potentials, prompt the locusts to take evasive action.’
      • ‘Being able to execute a number of evasive moves helps a lot in avoiding death.’
      • ‘The aim is for them to see you and to take evasive action.’
      • ‘Pedestrians and cyclists were forced to take evasive action from the bees, with many taking cover in shops and doorways.’
      • ‘The Peugeot flashed its headlights before taking evasive action to avoid a collision with the Renault.’
      • ‘Some cars were forced to take evasive action and swerve.’
      • ‘The defendant tried to take evasive action, but lost control.’
      • ‘A dozen people suffered minor injuries after a lorry jack-knifed on an icy M62 which caused cars to take evasive action.’
      • ‘Blackburn magistrates heard the officer had tried to take evasive action, which resulted in the car swerving across the road.’
      • ‘That gave very little time for either driver to take evasive action.’
      • ‘I managed to take evasive action, hit the accelerator hard and got well ahead of him, out of harm's reach.’
      • ‘The first pitch comes in high forcing Roberts to take evasive action.’
      • ‘The driver of the First York route ten bus travelling towards York is believed to have taken evasive action to avoid a girl who stepped out in the road.’
      avoiding, dodging, escaping, eluding, sidestepping
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Early 18th century: from Latin evas- ‘evaded’ (from the verb evadere) + -ive.