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EVASIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does evasive mean? 

EVASIVE (adjective)
  The adjective EVASIVE has 3 senses:

1. deliberately vague or ambiguous
2. avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire
3. skillful at eluding capture

  Familiarity information: EVASIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EVASIVE (adjective)


Sense 1evasive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deliberately vague or ambiguous

Context examples:

his answers were brief, constrained and evasive / an evasive statement

Similar:

ambiguous; equivocal (open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead)


Sense 2evasive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire

Context example:

pilots are taught to take evasive action

Similar:

protective (intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind)


Sense 3evasive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Skillful at eluding capture

Synonyms:

elusive; evasive

Context example:

a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist

Similar:

artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)


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