evasive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj evasive deliberately vague or ambiguous "his answers were brief, constrained and evasive","an evasive statement"
    • adj evasive avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire "pilots are taught to take evasive action"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a evasive 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."
      "Stammered out a few evasive phrases."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • evasive Using evasion or artifice to avoid; shuffling; equivocating.
    • evasive Containing or characterized by evasion; artfully contrived for escape or elusion: as, an evasive answer; an evasive argument.
    • evasive Escaping the grasp or observation; not easily seized or comprehended; faintly or indistinctly perceived; elusive; vanishing: as, an evasive thought or idea; evasive colors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Evasive that evades or seeks to evade: not straightforward: shuffling
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Quotations

  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.”
  • Denis Healey
    Denis Healey
    “The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. évasif,. See Evade

Usage

In literature:

Money generated by drug dealings, illicit arm trade and the less exotic form of tax evasion is thus "laundered".
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
The passive, almost imperceptible, but firmly evasive resistance of Liubka irritated and excited him.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
Upon Monty's return from his trying hour with the lawyers, he had been besieged with questions, but he was cleverly evasive.
"Brewster's Millions" by George Barr McCutcheon
There was a degree of evasion in Slade's manner that he could hardly help noticing.
"Ten Nights in a Bar Room" by T. S. Arthur
The whole situation was clear to him now, and there was nothing to be gained by argument, no possibility of evasion.
"The River's End" by James Oliver Curwood
But before morning the news of the evasion would spread far and wide, and there would be a hot pursuit among the mountains.
"In Freedom's Cause" by G. A. Henty
Mr. Gladstone returned evasive answers.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
He had expected evasion, denial, anything but a bold acceptance of his challenge.
"A Texas Ranger" by William MacLeod Raine
Hast thou any evasion, stinkard?
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
Simbri shook his head and answered evasively.
"Ayesha" by H. Rider Haggard
He arranged my evasion, and would be in danger at Nid-de-Merle.
"The Chaplet of Pearls" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And the fragrance, subtle, secret, evasive, that hovered in the air near her, did not diminish his emotion.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
I could not lie, and evasion was not my forte.
"The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Part 5." by Robert Seymour
Owing to the evasions recently done, we beg to inform the prisoners of war of the following facts.
"Three Times and Out" by Nellie L. McClung
Applications for liberty evasively answered.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
He lay awake at nights inventing schemes of evasion, and each morning showed a flaw, and the schemes crumbled.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
The king gave them a gracious, though an evasive answer.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
An evasive answer was given to these demonstrators.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Music, always the most evasive of the arts, became like a mist in his sight.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Lord Dunmore first answered evasively; but learning that the citizens had assembled under arms, he raged and threatened.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
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In poetry:

Ornamental clouds
compose an evening love song;
a road leaves evasively.
The new moon begins
"Evening Love Song" by Rainer Maria Rilke
O Spring, to seek, yet find you not!
To search, yet never win you!
To glimpse, to touch, but bind you not!
To lose, and still continue,
All sweet evasion in you!
"Deep In The Forest" by Madison Julius Cawein
Throughout the world's evasions, wiles, and shifts,
Thou only bidest stable as thy gifts--:
A grateful king re-ruleth from thy lap,
Crowned with a little tinselled soldier-cap:
"To Santa Claus" by James Whitcomb Riley
Are just a case of "penny in the slot."
You should reflect that no evasive bird
Is half so shy as is your fittest word;
And even similes, however wrought,
Like hares, before you cook them, must be caught;--
"The Friend Of Humanity And The Rhymer" by Henry Austin Dobson
He knows nor let nor bar:
With ever-nearing stress, Like Juggernaut his car,
I see him onward press; He waves a huge MS.; He puts evasion by,
He stands—as one on guard, And reads—how volubly!—
Defend us from The Bard!
"The Ballad[e] Of The Bore" by Henry Austin Dobson
"'My friends,' he said,
'Are here among my comrades in the camp.'
That made a mystery and I questioned him:
He gave no answer--or evasive ones--
Seeming to shrink from question, and to wrap
Himself within himself and live within.
"Pauline - Part I - The Captain's Story" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

A jury has convicted a Boone County minister on all five counts in a tax evasion case.
Google, Amazon and Starbucks face questions on tax evasion .
Greece Tries Again to Cut Tax Evasion .
Tax evasion can be solved through peer pressure.
A former mayor of Toms River is facing tax evasion charges following his return from Afghanistan, where he had been working as a contractor.
Greek Crisis Evasion to Fore as Merkel Hosts Hollande.
In a letter sent to Mellow Thursday, SERS said it determined his guilty plea on May 9 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax evasion trigger the state's pension forfeiture act.
BERLIN — The owner of the heavily used YouPorn and Pornhub websites has been extradited to Germany after being arrested in Belgium on suspicion of tax evasion.
German police officers swoop on Deutsche Bank offices in tax evasion probe.
Florence lawmaker found guilty of tax evasion.
Obama's Hostile and Evasive Presser.
KNOXVILLE — A former Knoxville lawyer has been convicted in federal court of income tax evasion.
Harbaugh remains evasive about 49ers starter, Smith not cleared.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian oil tycoon, was sentenced this week to nine years in a Russian prison camp on charges of tax evasion and fraud.
When he is finished with that prison time he has to report to a federal prison to serve time for tax evasion.
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In science:

The definition of SP implies that the probability of an evasive response does not explicitly depend on the sensitivity of the question or on the true status of the respondent.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
Although this would initially be copying bits (no associated phase information so initially no issues of decoherence evasion) the possibility of coherence in this inherently quantum system endows it with potential for conducting a quantum search for the quantum replicator.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Randomized response: a survey technique for eliminating evasive answer bias.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
SORAVIA, Pursuit-evasion games with state constraints: dynamic programming and discrete time approximations, Discrete Contin.
Bounded-From-Below Solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi Equation for Optimal Control Problems with Exit Times: Vanishing Lagrangians, Eikonal Equations, and Shape-From-Shading
Roger, Automata network predator-prey model with pursuit and evasion, Phys.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
We then discuss the no-go theorems (and their evasion) for compactifications with fluxes.
Flux compactifications in string theory: a comprehensive review
This was indeed emphasized by Higgs (Higgs 1964) as the property of the Coulomb gauge which allowed the evasion of the Goldstone theorem for the Higgs mechanism.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Systems. A review for Scholarpedia
Then, if the symmetry breaking is realized by the vacuum expectation of a non-local field, the same problems of the non-relativistic systems arise and the same mechanism of evasion of the Goldstone theorem may take place.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Systems. A review for Scholarpedia
We show that RF is evasive by showing that, for every k ∈ N and x ∈ {0, 1}ℓin (k) , there exist at most polynomially (in k) many y ’s such that (x, y) ∈ RF .
The Random Oracle Methodology, Revisited
In this case, linkSusp1 (v,K ) (w) = Susp1 (v, link K (w)) and delSusp1 (v,K ) (w) = Susp1 (v, delK (w)) are non-evasive, so by induction, K is non-evasive.
One-Point Suspensions and Wreath Products of Polytopes and Spheres
The wreath product ∂∆d ≀ K is non-evasive if and only if K is.
One-Point Suspensions and Wreath Products of Polytopes and Spheres
Non-existence would, on the other hand, prove the long-standing evasiveness conjecture for graph properties; cf. .
One-Point Suspensions and Wreath Products of Polytopes and Spheres
Sturtevant. A topological approach to evasiveness.
One-Point Suspensions and Wreath Products of Polytopes and Spheres
This is the premise behind physicists’ pathetic and evasive strategies for dealing with the Copenhagen theory and its implications.
Intelligent Design in the Physics Classroom?
We apply our results to pursuit and evasion games of capture type with simple pursuit motion, generalizing results that are known for convex Euclidean domains, and obtaining results that are new for convex Euclidean domains and hold on playing fields vastly more general than these.
Total curvature and simple pursuit on domains of curvature bounded above
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