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English definition of “evasive”

evasive

adjective     /ɪˈveɪ.sɪv/
answering questions in a way that is not direct or clear , especially because you do not want to give an honest answer : The Minister was her usual evasive self , skilfully dodging reporters ' questions about her possible resignation .Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much done to avoid something bad happening : By the time the pilot realized how close the plane was to the building , it was too late to take evasive action . Drivers had to make sudden evasive manoeuvres .Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive evasively     /-li/ adverb Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasiveDigressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much evasiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasiveDigressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
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