Definition of Evasion

1. Noun. A statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth.

Exact synonyms: Equivocation
Generic synonyms: Deceit, Deception, Misrepresentation
Specialized synonyms: Circumlocution, Indirect Expression, Doublespeak, Hedge, Hedging, Cavil, Quibble, Quiddity
Derivative terms: Equivocate

2. Noun. The deliberate act of failing to pay money. "He was indicted for nonpayment"
Exact synonyms: Nonpayment
Specialized synonyms: Tax Evasion
Generic synonyms: Commerce, Commercialism, Mercantilism
Antonyms: Payment

3. Noun. Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do. "That escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"

4. Noun. The act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver.
Generic synonyms: Escape, Flight
Specialized synonyms: Eluding, Elusion, Slip, Evasive Action, Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Dodge
Derivative terms: Evade

Definition of Evasion

1. n. The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding.

Definition of Evasion

1. Noun. The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding. ¹

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Definition of Evasion

1. the act of evading [n -S]

Medical Definition of Evasion

1. The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding. "Thou . . . By evasions thy crime uncoverest more." (Milton) Synonym: Shift, subterfuge, shuffling, prevarication, equivocation. Origin: L. Evasio: cf. F. Evasion. See Evade. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Evasion

evasion (current term)
evasive action
evasive answer

Literary usage of Evasion

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1. International Finance and Its Reorganization by Elisha Michael Friedman (1922)
"evasion evasion of the capital levy could be reduced by checking the taxpayers' assessment against the returns on income and property taxes. ..."

2. The Review of American Colonial Legislation by the King in Council by Elmer Beecher Russell (1915)
"If the attempted evasion were incorporated in a revenue act, properly of limited duration, there was small chance of its escaping observation and achieving ..."

3. The diplomatic protection of citizens abroad or the law of international claims by Edwin Montefiore Borchard (1915)
"evasion of Duties of Citizenship Generally. The right of the government to decline protection on account of an evasion of national duties has come up ..."

4. The Principles of the Law of Evidence: With Elementary Rules for Conducting by William Mawdesley Best, John Archibald Russell (1882)
"evasion. Of the various resorts of evasion, the most obvious and ordinary are generality and indistinctness. " Dolosus versatur in generalibus. ..."

5. Propositions Concerning Protection and Free Trade by Willard Phillips (1850)
"It does not appear that there is any alarming danger of smuggling—Free trade pretends danger of smuggling, and yet facilitates the evasion of duties by ..."

6. The Royal Government in Virginia, 1624-1775 by Percy Scott Flippin, Wallace Everett Caldwell (1919)
"Notwithstanding the effort made by the British government and by the legislature of the colony to prevent evasion of the customs, the fraudulent practice ..."

7. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1884)
"Лп.ш;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ÄS p°se °f practicing this method of evasion .... method 1879,44-95; in 1878, 42-81 ; in 1877, 42-95; in of evasion. ..."

8. American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting by John Davison Lawson, Robert Lorenzo Howard (1921)
"Another evasion skillfully prepared by this intelligent lady. ... And so I say again, that it was a mere evasion in a subtle way of getting to the hearts ..."

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