evasive

[ɪvˈe͡ɪsɪv], [ɪvˈe‍ɪsɪv], [ɪ_v_ˈeɪ_s_ɪ_v]

Definitions of evasive:

  1.   Evasively. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Using evasion; shuffling; characterized by evasion. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Evasiveness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   That evades or seeks to evade: not straightforward: shuffling. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Using artifice to escape or avoid; shuffling. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   Tending or seeking to evade; as, an evasive reply; not readily understood; elusive; sly. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Evading; not candid. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

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. And then from lips which did not smile he heard the very faint but no longer evasive Yes." ” – The Everlasting Whisper by Jackson Gregory
  2. 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
  3. He fought hard against his inclination to give an evasive one. ” – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  4. It was an evasive answer. ” – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  5. She had been deliberately evasive of him since his quarrel with Paula. ” – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  6. This was coming more directly to the point; but the response proved equally evasive –  by
  7. 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
  8. In case you meet enemy planes, you are to take proper evasive measures. ” – A Yankee Flier in Italy by Rutherford G. Montgomery
  9. “ Pierre made an evasive gesture. ” – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  10. 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

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