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Meaning of EVASIVE

Pronunciation:  i'veysiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline
  2. [adj]  deliberately vague or ambiguous; "his answers were brief, constrained and evasive"; "an evasive statement"
  3. [adj]  avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire; "pilots are taught to take evasive action"

EVASIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: ambiguous, artful, elusive, equivocal, protective



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\E*va"sive\, a. [Cf. F. ['e]vasif. See {Evade}.]
Tending to evade, or marked by evasion; elusive; shuffling;
avoiding by artifice.

      Thus he, though conscious of the ethereal guest,
      Answered evasive of the sly request.     --Pope.

      Stammered out a few evasive phrases.     --Macaulay.
-- {E*va"sive*ly}, adv. -- {E*va"sive*ness}, n.

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