AskDefine | Define evasion

Dictionary Definition



1 a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth [syn: equivocation]
2 the deliberate act of failing to pay money; "his evasion of all his creditors"; "he was indicted for nonpayment" [syn: nonpayment] [ant: payment]
3 nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive" [syn: escape, dodging]
4 the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver

User Contributed Dictionary




From evasionem (accusative of evasio).


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


the act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation


Extensive Definition

Evasion is the act of avoiding something.
It may refer to:
evasion in German: Evasion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abstention, airtight secrecy, anythingarianism, artifice, avoidance, avoiding reaction, bickering, boggling, break, breakout, buck-passing, captiousness, caviling, chicane, chicanery, circumvention, close secrecy, closeness, concealment, cop-out, cringe, crypticness, cunning, deceit, deception, defense mechanism, deliverance, delivery, discreetness, discretion, dodge, dodging, double-talk, duck, elusion, elusiveness, emergence, equivocating, equivocation, escape, escapism, eschewal, evasive action, evasiveness, excuse, extrication, fallback, fence-sitting, fencing, flight, flinch, foiling, forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, freeing, frustration, fudging, getaway, getting around, getting round, haggling, hairsplitting, hedging, hiddenness, hugger-mugger, hugger-muggery, impartiality, independence, issuance, issue, jailbreak, jink, leak, leakage, liberation, logic-chopping, lying, mugwumpery, mugwumpism, neutralism, neutrality, nit-picking, nonalignment, noncommitment, nonintervention, noninvolvement, nonpartisanism, nothingarianism, outguessing, outlet, outmaneuvering, outwitting, paltering, parrying, passing the buck, pettifoggery, prevarication, prevention, prisonbreak, pullback, pullout, pussyfooting, quibbling, recoil, refraining, release, rescue, retreat, riddance, runaround, secrecy, secretiveness, secretness, setting-free, shifting, shirking, shuffle, shuffling, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidestepping, sidetracking, slip, sophistry, strict neutrality, subterfuge, suppressio veri, tergiversation, the dark, the runaround, the slip, thwarting, trichoschistism, trickery, uncommunicativeness, vent, weasel words, wince, zigzag
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