Evasive

[ɪvˈe͡ɪsɪv], [ɪvˈe‍ɪsɪv], [ɪ_v_ˈeɪ_s_ɪ_v]

Definitions of evasive:

  1.   deliberately vague or ambiguous; " his answers were brief, constrained and evasive"; " an evasive statement"
  2.   Evasively.
  3.   Tending or seeking to evade; as, an evasive reply; not readily understood; elusive; sly.
  4.   That evades or seeks to evade: not straightforward: shuffling.
  5.   Using artifice to escape or avoid; shuffling.
  6.   avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire; " pilots are taught to take evasive action"
  7.   skillful at eluding capture; " a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline
  8.   Evasiveness.
  9.   Evading; not candid.
  10.   Using evasion; shuffling; characterized by evasion.
  11.   Tending or seeking to evade; marked by evasion.
  12.   Tending to evade, or marked by evasion; elusive; shuffling; avoiding by artifice.

Antonyms for evasive:

convenient, forthcoming, talky, talkative, honest, accessible, veracious, garrulous, open, direct, unprotective, chatty, univocal, candid, available, free-spoken, blabby, gabby, truthful, plain, straight, foursquare, plainspoken, straightforward, approachable, unreserved, unequivocal, obtainable, unguarded, loquacious, out front, mouthy, unambiguous, motormouthed, attainable, frank, freehearted, conversational, reachable, openhearted, forthright, outspoken.


Quotes for evasive:

  1. I'm not being evasive but I am saying I'm not a scientist and I'm not directly involved in the consultation however the science must be sound, it must be agreed and the consultation must be of a high quality or no one will have any confidence in the process. – John Anderson
  2. Memory, so complete and clear or so evasive has to be ended, has to be put aside, as if one were leaving a chapel and bringing the prayer to an end in one's head. – Harold Brodkey
  3. We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind. – Charles Horton Cooley
  4. You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive – Margaret Thatcher

Usage examples for evasive:

  1. Again Max Elliot looked happily evasive – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  2. One spoke; it was an evasive answer. ” – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. In case you meet enemy planes, you are to take proper evasive measures. ” – A Yankee Flier in Italy by Rutherford G. Montgomery
  4. It's deep there yet, was Kincaid's evasive reply. ” – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  5. At one or two of these places we asked the reason for the deserted ranches above, and were given evasive answers. ” – Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico by E. L. Kolb
  6. Pressed home, she was evasive as she had ever been. ” –  by
  7. But just as I was congratulating myself that we had escaped from the painful necessity of putting him off with an evasive answer, if not a deliberate lie, the butler entered and announced that he had shown Mr. Hilderman into the library. ” – The Mystery of the Green Ray by William Le Queux
  8. And then from lips which did not smile he heard the very faint but no longer evasive Yes." ” – The Everlasting Whisper by Jackson Gregory
  9. His sensibility to their spell was in fact so marked that it became from an early time a household game with us to detect him in evasive tears over their pages, when these were either real or romantic enough, and to publish without mercy that he had so been caught. ” – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James
  10. He endeavoured to put her off with some evasive answer;-" No, no!" ” – Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists by Washington Irving
  11. It was an evasive answer. ” – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  12. This was coming more directly to the point; but the response proved equally evasive –  by
  13. He fought hard against his inclination to give an evasive one. ” – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  14. “ Pierre made an evasive gesture. ” – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  15. Her knowledge of the range told her that Lem had narrated nothing so far which could have been cause for his cold, grim, evasive manner; and her woman's intuition divined a catastrophe. ” – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  16. His Majesty gave an evasive answer, but did not comply with the request; on the contrary, he seems to have rejoiced at the idea of an enmity existing between the Europeans in his country, and chuckled at the prospect of the advantages he might reap from their jealousy and rivalry. ” – A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People by Henry Blanc
  17. She had been deliberately evasive of him since his quarrel with Paula. ” – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  18. It is well known that the King of England greatly respected the personal virtues of Their French Majesties; but upon the point of business, both King and Ministers were now become ambiguous and evasive – The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 7 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe by Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe
  19. These letters should be brief and not effusive on any point, nor evasive of the issue at stake. ” – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
  20. Each time they were given an evasive answer. ” – Flash-lights from the Seven Seas by William L. Stidger Commentator: Bishop Francis J. McConnell

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